Three Came Home (February 20, 1950)
Released on February 20, 1950: (running time 1 hour and 45 minutes) The true story of Agnes Newton Keith as a World War II prisoner of war in Borneo.
Produced by Nunnally Johnson
Directed by Jean Negulesco
Written by Nunnally Johnson from the book by Agnes Newton Keith
The Actors: Claudette Colbert (Agnes Newton Keith), Patric Knowles (Harry Keith), Florence Desmond (Betty Sommers), Sessue Hayakawa (Colonel Michio Suga), Sylvia Andrew (Henrietta Thomas), Mark Keuning (George Keith), Agnes Newton Keith (English woman), Phyllis Morris (Sister Rose), Howard Chuman (Lieutenant Nekata), Patricia O'Neal (English woman), John Burton (elderly resident), Campbell Copelin (English radio announcer), Leslie Denison (English radio announcer), Devi Dja (Ah Yin), Frank Emi (Japanese soldier), Stanley Fraser (Englishman), Alex Frazer (Doctor Bandy), Jerry Fujikawa (Japanese soldier), John Furukawa (Japanese soldier), Gene Gondo (Japanese guard), Clarke Gordon (Australian prisoner of war), Jim Hagimori (Japanese sea captain), Otto Han (Japanese soldier), Billy Henry (English boy), Mimi Heyworth (woman prisoner), Kurt Hiroshima (Japanese guard), Albert Hirota (Japanese guard), Robin Hughes (Australian prisoner of war), Shig Imori (Japanese guard), George Ito (Japanese guard), Tika Iwashaiki (Japanese Captain), Peter James (English boy), Virginia Keiley (woman prisoner), Robert Kino (Japanese officer), Robert Kishita (Japanese officer), Frank Kumagai (Japanese soldier), George Kunitake (Japanese soldier), Ken Kurosa (orderly), George Leigh (Australian prisoner of war), Sung Li (Wilfred), James Logan (Australian prisoner of war), Lee MacGregor (sailor), Drue Mallory (woman prisoner), John Mantley (Australian prisoner of war), Harry Martin (Australian prisoner of war), David Matshushama (evil guard), Bob Matsuo (Japanese soldier), Rollin Moriyama (Japanese officer), Tom Muramada (Japanese guard), Giro Murashami (orderly), Ralph Nagai (Japanese guard), Charles Nakauchi (Japanese guard), George Natsume (Japanese guard), Hiroshi Neeno (Japanese officer), Patrick O'Moore (Australian prisoner of war), Bob Oku (Japanese soldier), Tom Omori (Japanese officer), Sam 'Isami' Ono (Japanese soldier), Melinda Plowman (English girl), Jean Prescott (English woman), Duncan Richardson (English boy), Al Saijo (Japanese boat pilot), Frank Saito (Japanese soldier), Jim Saito (Japanese soldier), Carol Savage (woman prisoner), Yutaka Shimahara (Japanese soldier), Arthur Shira (Japanese soldier), Robert Shirahama (Japanese doctor), John Shulick (Englishman), Leslie Thomas (wet man), Arthur Tovey (Borneo Englishwoman), George Utsunomiya (Japanese officer), Peter J. Votrian (Charles), Douglas Walton (Australian prisoner of war), Helen Westcott (woman prisoner), Kermit Whitfield (Commander Pritchard), Patrick Whyte (Englishman), Leonard Willey (Governor General), Roy Yamadero (Japanese officer), Jimmy Yamaguchi (Japanese guard), Mazaji 'Butch' Yamamoto (Japanese Sergeant), Yamato Cain Yamasaki (Japanese officer), James Yanari (First Lieutenant), Mas Yoshida (Japanese Guard), Akira Yoshihara (Japanese guard)
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The Horror of War for Women
Agnes Newton was born in 1901 in Oak Park, Illinois, but before she could walk the family moved to Hollywood and then to Venice, California, where her father became one of the founders of the Del Monte Company. When Agnes was eight years old, she met Harry for the first time. Her younger brother Al had a British friend named Harry, whose family traveled the world. Harry traded postage stamps from around the world with her brother, and Agnes was enchanted by this boy with a beautiful smile, British accent and soft curly hair.
When Agnes was older and enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, Harry soon followed, studying at the Forestry School. They dated all through college and seemed to be in love. At graduation Harry got a job in forestry work in the Philippine Islands, and on the night before he left he proposed to Agnes, but she turned him down, because she had gotten a job as a writer for the San Francisco Examiner, and wanted to be a career girl instead of a wife.
Ten years later Harry returned home for a visit before beginning a new job in British North Borneo to become the British Conservator of Forests and Director of Agriculture. He again asked Agnes to marry him, and this time she quickly accepted. They lived in a stately English style home in Sandakan beginning in 1934.
In 1939 they came home to Oak Bay, near Victoria British Columbia where they owned a home, for an extended leave before sailing for England and a refresher course on forestry at Oxford. Unfortunately, on September 3, 1939, World War Two began for Britain, so Harry was ordered to return immediately to his duties in Borneo.
On January 19, 1942, Agnes writes: “The storm-battered Japanese launches had anchored offshore the night before in the dark. Now they came to the wharf, they were landing. From that day until September 11, 1945, we were to live in captivity.” This movie is her story of her wartime captivity in a prison camp, written five years after her prisoner of war experience ended. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Claudette Colbert, Mark Keuning
Claudette Colbert, Sylvia Andrew
Florence Desmond, Mazaji Yamamoto
Howard Chuman, Sessue Hayakawa
Mazaji 'Butch' Yamamoto
Patric Knowles, Claudette Colbert
Phyllis Morris, Tika Iwashaiki
Sessue Hayakawa, Howard Chuman