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Pacific Rendezvous (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 21 May 1942 (USA)
Anxious to see some naval action in the Pacific during WWII, Lt. Bill Gordon makes the mistake of telling his new girlfriend, ditzy Elaine Carter, that he was an expert in deciphering codes... See full summary »

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), P.J. Wolfson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Bowman ... Lt. Bill Gordon
Jean Rogers ... Elaine Carter
Mona Maris ... Olivia Kerlov
Carl Esmond ... Andre Leemuth
Paul Cavanagh ... Cmdr. Charles Brennan
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Savarina
Russell Hicks ... John Carter
Arthur Shields ... Prof. Harvey Lessmore
William Post Jr. ... Lanny
William Tannen ... Jasper Dean
Frederick Worlock ... Dr. Jackwin (as Frederic Worlock)
Curt Bois ... Kestrin
Felix Basch Felix Basch ... de Segroff
Addison Richards ... Gordon Trisby
Edward Fielding ... Secretary of the Navy
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Anxious to see some naval action in the Pacific during WWII, Lt. Bill Gordon makes the mistake of telling his new girlfriend, ditzy Elaine Carter, that he was an expert in deciphering codes. Trying to keep him in the states for herself, she convinces her uncle to add him to a unit charged with deciphering the enemy's coded messages. With the murder of his superior, Gibson attempts, with the "help" of Elaine, to root out the spy ring that's been intercepting valuable troop movement information. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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murder | spy ring | code | spy | hotel | See All (52) »

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CAUGHT IN THE LOVE-TRAP OF A MODERN MATA HARI! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Agent J-37 See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Elaine and Bill are reunited after being captured, she accuses him of playing "Russian Bank" with Olivia. That is the name of a two-player card game similar to double solitaire that was popular at the time. See more »

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When the mad delivers the "medicine" to the woman out in the country, the camera is reflected in the car as it pulls away. See more »

Connections

Remake of Rendezvous (1935) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played during the opening credits
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Espionage tale borders on the absurd when it comes to comedy...
30 January 2013 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

What really weakens what could have been a good narrative is the attempt to insert light hearted comic elements into the plot of PACIFIC RENDEZVOUS. Instead of playing it as straight drama, what could have emerged as a timely romantic drama about breaking the Japanese code during WWII becomes a trivial piece of fluff with an absurd spotlight on the silly character played by Jean Rogers.

She's the girlfriend of our hero (Lee Bowman) and does him no favors when it comes to helping the war effort crack the code. For sheer stupidity (and to make her character seem "cute" at all times), she slips dozens of sleeping pills in his coffee so he can get some rest from a heavy schedule of solving the code and ignoring her.

And throughout the movie she pouts, bounces around and shows jealousy of any other female who pursues Bowman, as for example female spy Mona Maris. Her acting is dreadful enough to bring the story down to the level of irritating fluff where it remains until the final reel.

An interesting cast headed by Lee Bowman, Russell Hicks, Mona Maris, Carl Esmond, Hans Conreid, Curt Bois and several other good players is defeated by a silly script which reduces the whole thing to a B-budget MGM programmer which played the lower half of double features in the '40s.


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