Cagney portrays an American editor of a Tokyo newspaper who dares to print the story of the world-conquest plan formulated by Jap militarists. Naturally, the fur flies when the sheet hits the street - the police confiscating the papers, the Jap secret police demanding a retraction from the publisher, and the editor threatening to walk out if the latter does so. Quickly, Cagney finds himself in the midst of a dual murder committed by the Japs upon a US newspaper pal and his wife, who were leaving Japan to bring to America the document describing the world-conquest plot in detail.

Cagney portrays an American editor of a Tokyo newspaper who dares to print the story of the world-conquest plan formulated by Jap militarists. Naturally, the fur flies when the sheet hits the street – the police confiscating the papers, the Jap secret police demanding a retraction from the publisher, and the editor threatening to walk out if the latter does so. Quickly, Cagney finds himself in the midst of a dual murder committed by the Japs upon a US newspaper pal and his wife, who were leaving Japan to bring to America the document describing the world-conquest plot in detail.

The stars of this picture [from a story by Garrett Fort, based on an idea by Frank Melford] are given plenty of opportunity to display their histrionics. Cagney is the same rough and tumble character he’s always been, ready to tell the Jap bigshots off at the drop of a hat.

There are a couple of over-dramatic sequences, but they just add to the tension of whether they’re going to get the envelope with the plot out of the country, or not.

1945: Best B&W Interior Decoration (Wiard B. Ihnen)

Blood on the Sun

Production

United Artists/Cagney. Director Frank Lloyd; Producer William Cagney; Screenplay Lester Cole, Nathaniel Curtis; Camera Theodor Sparkuhl; Editor Truman K. Wood, Walter Hannemann; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director Wiard B. Ihnen

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

James Cagney Sylvia Sidney Porter Hall Robert Armstrong John Emery Rosemary DeCamp
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