Blood on the Sun

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Blood on the Sun
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Directed by Frank Lloyd
Produced by William Cagney
Written by Garrett Fort
Lester Cole
Starring James Cagney
Sylvia Sidney
Porter Hall
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl
Edited by Walter Hannemann
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • April 26, 1945 (1945-04-26)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3.4 million[1]

Blood on the Sun (1945) is a film starring James Cagney and Sylvia Sidney. The film is based on a fictional history behind the Tanaka Memorial document.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for a Black & White (Wiard Ihnen, A. Roland Fields) film in 1945.[2] A computer-colorized version of the film was created in 1993.

In 1973, the film entered the public domain in the USA due to the copyright claimants failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[3]

Plot[edit]

Nick Condon. (James Cagney) is a journalist for the Tokyo Chronicle. He prints a story disclosing Japan's plan to conquer the world. The newspaper is seized by Japanese officers. Condon gets the Tanaka Plan, a paper in which all the plans are described. The Japanese spies who follow him think that Ollie and Edith Miller (Wallace Ford and Rosemary DeCamp) are the ones who discovered the plan because they suddenly have a lot of money and are coming back to the USA. When Condon goes to the ship to bid them farewell, he finds Edith dead. He can only see a woman's hand with a ring with a huge ruby. Back home, he finds Ollie, in terrible condition. He gets from Ollie the Tanaka plan.

Premier Giichi Tanaka (John Emery) wants his plans to remain secret, and sends Col. Hideki Tojo (Robert Armstrong) Capt. Oshima (John Halloran) and Hijikata (Leonard Strong) to follow him everywhere. Condon hides the document with the Tanaka plan behind the Emperor Picture.

Condon meets Iris Hilliard (Sylvia Sidney), half American and half Chinese. At first, he suspects her of being the lady in the ship, then he doesn't. They fall in love. She seems to be betraying him, especially when Condon sees the ring with the ruby in her hand.

At the end, it turns out she's been sent by a politician who wants peace and was present when the Tanaka plan was devised. Condon leaves his job after ten days. When he's about to leave Japan, he meets the politician and Iris in the harbor. The politician signs the document to prove it's real. They are discovered by the Japanese army.

Iris runs away with the document in a cargo ship which will take her out of Japan. To distract the Japanese officers, Condon fights his greatest enemy and tries to reach the American Embassy. He's shot at by spies dressed in street clothes, but he's not killed. The consular adviser goes out of the Embassy and takes Condon inside still alive, and the Japanese officers can't prevent it, because they couldn't find the Tanaka document when registering Condon.

Cast[edit]

Adaptations[edit]

Blood on the Sun was adapted as a radio play on the December 3, 1945 episode of Lux Radio Theater with James Cagney and on the October 16, 1946 episode of Academy Award Theater starring John Garfield.

In other media[edit]

In the television series Cagney & Lacey, the character Christine Cagney has the poster of Blood on the Sun in her apartment ,[4] with the strapline "Cagney's Mightiest" adding to her characterisation.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The United Artists Story p 109
  2. ^ "NY Times: Blood on the Sun". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  3. ^ Pierce, David (March 29, 2001). "Legal Limbo: How American Copyright Law Makes Orphan Films" (mp3 in "file3"). Orphans of the Storm II: Documenting the 20th Century. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Choices". Cagney & Lacey. Series 3. Episode 7. 31:46 minutes in.
  5. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1984-07-02). "'Cagney & Lacey, Police series on CBS". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 

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