Across the Pacific

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Across the Pacific ★★★½ 1942

Classic Bogie/Huston vehicle made on the heels of “The Maltese Falcon.” Bogie is an American Army officer booted out of the service on false charges of treason. When no other military will accept him, he sails to China (via the Panama Canal) to offer his services to Chiang Kai-Shek. On board, he meets a variety of seedy characters who plan to blow up the canal. Huston again capitalizes on the counterpoint between the rotundly acerbic Greenstreet, who plays a spy, and stiff-lipped Bogart, who's wooing Astor. Great Bogie moments and fine direction make this an adventure classic. When he departed for the service just prior to filming the final scenes, Huston turned over direction to Vincent Sherman. Also available colorized. 97m/B VHS, DVD . Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton, Victor Sen Yung, Roland Got, Keye Luke, Richard Loo, Frank Wilcox, Paul Stanton, Lester Matthews, Tom Stevenson, Roland (Walter Goss) Drew, Monte Blue, Rudy Robles, Lee Tung Foo, Chester Gan, Kam Tong, Spencer Chan, Philip Ahn, Frank Faylen, Frank Mayo; D: John Huston; W: Richard Macaulay; C: Arthur Edeson; M: Adolph Deutsch.