Tokyo File 212 (January 26, 1951)
Released on January 26, 1951: (running time 1 hour and 23 minutes) An American spy must find and destroy a Communist spy ring in Tokyo that is trying to hinder the American war effort in Korea.
Directed by Dorrell McGowan and Stuart E. McGowan
Written by George P. Breakston, Dorrell McGowan and Stuart E. McGowan
The Actors: Florence Marly (Steffi Novak), Lee Frederick (Jim Carter, newspaper reporter), Katsuhiko Haida (Taro Matsuto), Reiko Otani (Namiko), Tatsuo Saito (Mr. Matsuto), Tetsu Nakamura (Mr. Oyama), Heihachiro Okawa (unknown), Suisei Matsui (driver Joe), Jun Tazaki (unknown), Dekao Yokoo (unknown), Hideto Hayabusa (unknown), Gen Shimizu (unknown), Richard W.N. Childs (Major Richard W.N. Childs), Richard Finiels (Lieutenant Richard Finiels), Stuart Zimmerley (Corporal Stuart Zimmerley), James Lyons (Private James Lyons), Byron Michie (Mr. Jeffrey), Ichimaru (herself, Geisha singer), Tainosuke Mochizuki Band (themselves)
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The Mysterious Lady and the Commie Spies
Russia helped England, the United States, and our allies win World War Two, but after the war they built a wall around the part of Berlin and Germany that they were supposed to help return to normal. Their form of oppressive dictator-led Communism became the new enemy of Democracy. From 1951-1954 U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy led the search for Communists, or ‘Commies’ in the U.S., and at the same time we were helping the southern part of Korea fight the northern part of Korea.
The star of this Communist-hunting adventure is Florence Marly, born in Obrnice, in the Czech Republic. By the time World War Two began she was acting in Paris. As the enemy was approaching Paris, Florence fled the city in her luxury Packard automobile. She was stopped by enemy soldiers, intent on confiscating her car, but they let her go, explaining that the car requires too much petrol to be of value to them.
She spent the war years in Argentina with her Jewish husband, film director Pierre Chenal, starring in two motion pictures filmed there. After the war, back in Paris, she is nominated in the Best Actress category at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the award-winning movie “Les Maudits.” In 1947 she went to Hollywood. She played the wife of Humphrey Bogart in the 1949 movie, “Tokyo Joe,” and a couple of years after that movie she returned to Japan to star in this espionage adventure.
The Korean War was raging while she was filming in Japan, and while not on the set she went to Korea to entertain the troops. Her husband was still in Argentina making films, and she went there after filming this adventure to be with him. The next year she appears in a movie filmed in Chile and plans to return to Hollywood after filming.
Unfortunately, Senator Joe McCarthy is searching for Communists in America, and there is a Russian born singer named Anna Marly who is branded as Un-American, and Czech born Florence Marly is mistaken for her. She is not permitted to return to America until the mistake is cleared up four years later. She sells her jewelry and expensive clothes in Chile to survive.
Finally, U.S. Consul Carey C. White discovers the mistake and she is allowed to come back to Hollywood. Unfortunately, while at a Hollywood party, trying to get back into the Hollywood acting business, movie producer Jack L. Warner turns his back on her and refuses to speak to her or even look at her. When she offers her hand to director Fritz Lang, he lifts it up to his face but instead of kissing it he bites it.
In this adventure she is a mysterious sexy woman who attaches herself to an American newspaper reporter who is working undercover for the government in search of Communists in Japan trying to aid the enemy in the Korean conflict. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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Florence Marly and Lee Frederick
Florence Marly, Lee Frederick
Lee Frederick, Tatsuo Saitô
Lee Frederick, Tetsu Nakamura
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Suisei Matsui, Lee Frederick
Tatsuo Saitô, Lee Frederick