Destination Tokyo runs two hours and 15 minutes, and that’s a lot of film. But none of it is wasted. In its unspooling is crammed enough excitement for possibly a couple of pictures.
Here is a film whose hero is the Stars and Stripes; the performers are merely symbols of that heroism. Here is a film of superbly pooled talents.
Destination Tokyo tells of a single mission undertaken by a sub. Its destination is Tokyo. Under sealed orders opened 24 hours after it has sped from San Francisco Harbor, the sub first has a rendezvous with a navy plane near Kiska. There it takes aboard a meteorologist whom the sub is to deposit in Japan to survey conditions as a guide to the attack of the Fortress armada taking off from the aircraft carrier Hornet.
Cary Grant has never been better as the sub’s skipper, underplaying the role and so setting the pace for the entire pic.