There are Some Striking Scenes of Torture and Surprising Deaths and the Plot Moves at a Rapid Pace with Hidden Surveillance and a Climactic Fight Scene that is Impressive. But when their wealthy benefactor sends them to Singapore, they meet the mysterious Alex Blake and their relationship fractures with devastating consequences. Recommended only for students of the period or die-hard Lee Tracy fans. Author by : Eric H. By the way, in real life, the American hero wouldnt last thrity seconds with a real Eastern martial arts fighter.
Analyzing the works and views of dissenters and critics of society and culture, we can reveal a mode of being of liberal nationalism as a social and cultural criticism. Brought onboard to add a measure of verisimilitude was columnist Drew Pearson, whose stentorian tones would later be put to effective use in Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still 1950. Getting in touch with his Japanese contact in the Canal Zone a Mr. It was during this time that an opportunity arose to revisit all those bombing targets and areas where he had supported secret underground resistance forces during the war. Also taking an interest is Peggy Harrison Nancy Kelly , a slim and pretty brunette who manages to work up an acquaintance with Carter, an acquaintance that quickly becomes more than that. Meanwhile, the Japanese villains are portrayed as experts and nothing is too devious for them.
But Eddie is a true patriot and is going to see it to the end. He was also engaged in a number of low flying operations, organised in order to drop containers of explosives and ammunition in an effort to assist groups of partisans in enemy occupied countries. Believing that he'd be willing to sell out his country, a Japanese spy ring approach Eddie and ask him to get his hands on secret American war plans. Sent to Seattle to be disciplined by an older relative, Kono drifted instead to Hollywood, where he dabbled in aviation and answered a job listing placed by Charlie Chaplin, who was in need of a chauffeur. Scott, Regis Toomey, planted there to make the Japanese spies feel that both Eddie, as an American traitor and spy for Japan, and Sgt.
Even with a couple of nifty plot turns, the whole affair is about as ham-handed as this, made with good intentions at the time, perhaps, but in retrospect, no. Blake had met Kono years earlier when he played a small role in Charlie Chaplin's Shoulder Arms 1918 , while the Japanese national was working as Chaplin's valet. I know, 9 months too late. Scott, who like Eddie is broke and willing to sell out his county for a few dollars, who still stationed there for further references. I'm still trying to figure out why American agent Nancy Kelly who Tracy sees killed in San Francisco winds up in the Canal Zone on another assignment on the same case where Tracy is now. Before they set out for Panama, they show him what they do to double agents. He was to discover that many of the Poles and Czechoslovaks who had assisted British units during the conflict had either been killed or imprisoned by the Communist authorities.
Fairly slow going during most of its 82 minutes, Betrayal From the East comes to a startling conclusion as Peggy suffers mightily at the hands of her Japanese captors. For all the Japanese meticulous planning it all in the end came apart because of the bravery and self-sacrifice of men and women like Eddie Carter and Peggy Harrison who put, and lost, their lives on the line in order to stop them. It more or less works as a simple b-movie but it is hard to totally get into it when looking back with hindsight and modern eyes and seeing the clear racism and very broad strokes used to present clean-cut white heroes and smarmy, untrustworthy yellow devils. His is not a life, or a story, like any other. A war that changes everything. Although he has made a deal with the Japanese, Eddie goes to G-2 and they reveal that they have been tailing him the entire time.
. Vivid, authentic and utterly beautiful, Island in the East is evocative, atmospheric and romantic historical fiction at its very best. Don't fail to miss the opening Title Card with a drawing of a Sinister Jap with Werewolf fangs. Now we have nothing to look forward to. Unsurprisingly the drama is as simple as the characters and although it works well enough on the level of an engaging piece of propaganda it doesn't have too much to make it stick in the mind; with perhaps a late scene of steam bath torture being the one exception. Berke then pull a real boner by reinserting the Harrison character back into the story in the Canal Zone much to Eddie's surprise and consternation as a woman with impeccable credentials who is a Nazi agent's girlfriend. As for Nancy Kelly, she provides a good argument against child stardom; although 24 at the time this film was made, this former child star appears a good 10 to 15 years older, and her strained posture and exaggerated, flutey voice don't help her.
We have killed our past and are busy killing our future. Good propaganda gets its point by showing, not telling; and by providing its audience with a fun, compelling and interesting story. Drew Pearson, one of the most famous newspapermen of the day, appears as himself at the beginning and end of the film, warning heavily against fifth columnists in general and Japanese spies in particular. Scion of a wealthy Hiroshima family, Kono disappointed his father's aspirations for him by gravitating toward the fast lane. Anyways, The water system blueprints Tracy finds was with a number of other blueprints and maps and other items that the Japanese mastermind had in a trunk in his room.
Though deep into his forties at the time and seeming a bit long in the tooth to play the dashing Hollywood hero, Tracy was younger than his real life counterpart. Lend it he did to this film which has the Japanese contacting former army guy Lee Tracy now a carnival barker to see if he could get the plans for the Panama Canal defense. Niazi, laid down arms before the invading Indian army, leading to the dismemberment of Pakistan. Betrayal from the East Betrayal from the East is a 1945 English Film stars Lee Tracy , William Berke , Alan Hynd , Aubrey Wisberg , Kenneth Gamet , Aubrey Wisberg , Herman Schlom , Roy Webb , Russell Metty , W. None of this backstory is in evidence in Betrayal from the East, a government issue wartime propaganda tale in which the Blake character is not an actor but a down-at-heel carnival barker whose military experience makes him a valuable asset to Nipponese spy Kato Philip Ahn, whose Korean ancestry did not prevent him from playing agents of the Yellow Peril in Behind the Rising Sun and The Purple Heart. Leave a Reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website.