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Prisoner of Japan (1942)

Passed | | Drama, War | 22 July 1942 (USA)
On a small tropical island in the South Pacific, David Bowman (Alan Baxter), a young American planter, finds himself pitted against a ruthless Japanese agent, Matsuru (Ernst Deutsch). He ... See full summary »


Arthur Ripley, Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)


Edgar G. Ulmer (based on a story by), Robert Chapin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Alan Baxter ... David Bowman
Gertrude Michael ... Toni Chase
Ernst Deutsch ... Matsuru (as Ernest Dorian)
Corinna Mura ... Loti
Tom Seidel ... Ens. Bailey
Billy Moya Billy Moya ... Maui
Ray Bennett ... Lt. Morgan
Dave O'Brien ... U.S. Marine
Ann Staunton ... Edie
Beal Wong Beal Wong ... Japanese Radio Operator
Gil Frye Gil Frye ... U.S. Radio Operator
Kent Thurber Kent Thurber ... Cmdr. McDonald
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On a small tropical island in the South Pacific, David Bowman (Alan Baxter), a young American planter, finds himself pitted against a ruthless Japanese agent, Matsuru (Ernst Deutsch). He learns through Toni Chase (Gertrude Michael)an American girl who runs a dance-resort on the island that Matsuru has established a powerful-and-hidden short-wave radio station near his home, and American ships have been attacked in that part of the Pacific with deadly effect. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two plucky young Americans dared to die---that the Stars and Stripes might still wave over this Mid-Pacific Island! See more »


Drama | War


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David Bowman: I'm afraid.
Toni Chase: David, don't be afraid.
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Japanese house arrest
20 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

PRC in choosing a title for the film used the exact meaning of words. Our protagonist Alan Baxter is not a prisoner in Japan. But he's a prisoner nonetheless. He's under house arrest on his little plantation in a south sea island that is occupied but not openly by the Japanese.

It suits their purposes that way. Baxter is the son of a noted astronomer and one himself, but he's given way to drink and dissipation and he makes a convenient front for their espionage. Especially with that observatory dear old dad built. Just right for keeping track of American naval traffic and air traffic.

If that wasn't enough the Japanese pretending to be islanders have a nice little cafe with a dragon lady type operator who gently pumps navy people for information. Loose lips do sink ships in this film.

A visit by old friend Gertrude Michael persuades Baxter of his patriotic obligations. I think you can figure out the rest.

Doing this PRC flag waver must have really reminded both Baxter and Michael of better days. Baxter's career role was in Each Dawn I Die where he played the aptly named Polecat Carlisle who sets up James Cagney. Michael is best known for playing Calpurnia in Cecil B. DeMille's production of Cleopatra. This PRC film is about as far from DeMille as you can get.

What can I say, script is ludicrous, acting on the high school level, use of light and shadow to cover up shoddy sets. A model PRC film for sure.

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Release Date:

22 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas inconquistables See more »


Box Office


$19,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Atlantis Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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