Pacific Rendezvous (1942)

75-76 mins | Drama | 1942

Director:

George Sidney

Producer:

B. F. Zeidman

Cinematographer:

Paul C. Vogel

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Working titles of the film were Secret Agent J-37 , Secret Operator , Appointment in the Pacific and Rendezvous in the Pacific . HR news items note that Ruth Hussey was originally scheduled to play the female lead, Leonard Smith was to be the film's cameraman and George B. Seitz was set to direct. Another HR news item noted that actor Felix Basch made his American motion picture debut in the film.
       According to a note attached to the SAB in the AMPAS Library file on the film, although Bella and Samuel Spewack were listed by M-G-M as contributing writers to the project, the studio did not list any source material for the film which was "a remake of a previous Metro picture," as it did not want that fact "publicized in any way." The "previous picture" was the 1935 film Rendezvous , directed by William K. Howard and Sam Wood, and starring William Powell and Rosalind Russell. P. J. Wolfson and George Oppenheimer were credited with the screenplay of Rendezvous , and the Spewacks were credited as adaptors of the book The American Black Chamber by Major Herbert O. Yardley (Indianapolis, 1931). The 1935 film was very similar in plot to the 1942 film, although the latter was updated to make it contemporary to World War II (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

Working titles of the film were Secret Agent J-37 , Secret Operator , Appointment in the Pacific and Rendezvous in the Pacific . HR news items note that Ruth Hussey was originally scheduled to play the female lead, Leonard Smith was to be the film's cameraman and George B. Seitz was set to direct. Another HR news item noted that actor Felix Basch made his American motion picture debut in the film.
       According to a note attached to the SAB in the AMPAS Library file on the film, although Bella and Samuel Spewack were listed by M-G-M as contributing writers to the project, the studio did not list any source material for the film which was "a remake of a previous Metro picture," as it did not want that fact "publicized in any way." The "previous picture" was the 1935 film Rendezvous , directed by William K. Howard and Sam Wood, and starring William Powell and Rosalind Russell. P. J. Wolfson and George Oppenheimer were credited with the screenplay of Rendezvous , and the Spewacks were credited as adaptors of the book The American Black Chamber by Major Herbert O. Yardley (Indianapolis, 1931). The 1935 film was very similar in plot to the 1942 film, although the latter was updated to make it contemporary to World War II (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3687). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 May 1942.
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Daily Variety
27 Feb 1942.
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Daily Variety
20 May 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 May 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Feb 42
p. 26.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 42
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Mar 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
20 May 42
p. 6.
Motion Picture Daily
20 May 1942.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 May 42
p. 673.
New York Times
8 Jul 42
p. 27.
Showmen's Trade Reviews
23 May 1942.
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Variety
20 May 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt z ]
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Rendezvous in the Pacific
Secret Operator
Secret Agent J-37
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 8 July 1942
Production Date:
25 February--20 March 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 May 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11310
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in feet):
6,854
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8291
SYNOPSIS

After a Japanese submarine blows up an American munitions ship, Washington-based Commander Charles Brennan sends a coded message that is deciphered by German spies. Meanwhile, at a party for Russian war relief, newsman Bill Gordon runs into his friend and fellow correspondent, Andre Leemuth. At the same party, Elaine Carter, a woman in whom Andre is interested, meets Bill and is attracted to him. Unknown to his friends, Andre is the recipient of Brennan's deciphered message and transmits its content to two doctors in San Diego, advising them to let the next ship go through unharmed to fool the Americans. The next day, Bill, who has just enlisted in the Navy, runs into Elaine as she is about to have lunch with Andre. Bill says he is shipping out so that she will kiss him goodbye, then they spend the day and evening together and fall in love. When she asks him to get a desk job in Washington, he reveals that while a bored reporter in the Far East, he used a pseudonym to write a book about codes and is now afraid that if the Navy finds out, he will spend the war at a desk job in Washington. The next day, he gets orders to report to John Carter, a special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, and is furious when he discovers that Elaine has told his secret to Carter, who is her uncle. He then begins to work for Brennan in a deciphering "factory" and becomes so enthusiastic that Elaine resents his dedication. He finally deciphers the Japanese message and learns that they have cracked America's codes. Knowing ... +


After a Japanese submarine blows up an American munitions ship, Washington-based Commander Charles Brennan sends a coded message that is deciphered by German spies. Meanwhile, at a party for Russian war relief, newsman Bill Gordon runs into his friend and fellow correspondent, Andre Leemuth. At the same party, Elaine Carter, a woman in whom Andre is interested, meets Bill and is attracted to him. Unknown to his friends, Andre is the recipient of Brennan's deciphered message and transmits its content to two doctors in San Diego, advising them to let the next ship go through unharmed to fool the Americans. The next day, Bill, who has just enlisted in the Navy, runs into Elaine as she is about to have lunch with Andre. Bill says he is shipping out so that she will kiss him goodbye, then they spend the day and evening together and fall in love. When she asks him to get a desk job in Washington, he reveals that while a bored reporter in the Far East, he used a pseudonym to write a book about codes and is now afraid that if the Navy finds out, he will spend the war at a desk job in Washington. The next day, he gets orders to report to John Carter, a special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, and is furious when he discovers that Elaine has told his secret to Carter, who is her uncle. He then begins to work for Brennan in a deciphering "factory" and becomes so enthusiastic that Elaine resents his dedication. He finally deciphers the Japanese message and learns that they have cracked America's codes. Knowing that it is too late to stop another Pacific ship, Brennan goes home and calls his girl friend, Olivia Kerlov, to tell her that he has lost a briefcase that contains a vitally important document. He then hails a taxi and gives a briefcase to the cabbie, telling him to take it to Olivia and say that he found it. Soon after, Brennan sneaks into his apartment, finds the case open and sees Olivia steaming open a letter. A few days later, after reporting to her German cohorts that she has killed Brennan, a weeping Olivia shows up at his funeral, arousing Bill's suspicions because no one knows who she is. Later, after Carter tells Bill that he is now in charge of the department, one of Bill's men picks up a circular for a beauty treatment that was sent to Olivia and Bill suspects that it is a code. Professor Harvey Lessmore of his department deduces that the ink and paper in the ad, not the words, are important and tells Bill that he must find the "re-agent" that will make the coded words visible. Speculating that the re-agent might be in Olivia's clothing, Bill has his men bring her in and calls for a matron to help her undress. The "matron" turns out to be Elaine, who is suspicious of Bill's intentions toward Olivia. While the professor is analyzing Olivia's clothes, Bill tells Elaine that he has discovered something important about the circular, pretending that he does not know that Olivia is within earshot. Olivia then goes to an orthodox church and leaves a message in a candle, which is subsequently picked up by Andre. Meanwhile, Elaine is so angry when Bill accepts a dinner date with Olivia, that she shows up at the same restaurant, escorted by Andre. She goes to Bill's table and tells him that Brennan received the same circular the day he died. Just then Bill is called to the phone to speak with Lessmore, who is about to reveal the re-agent when he is shot dead. Bill pretends that nothing has happened, not wanting to alert Olivia, who goes to the powder room and hears from Mrs. Savarina, another spy, that Andre is going to be "sacrificed" as the spy with the code book. Olivia returns to the table and "accidentally" drops Andre's watch in some water, inadvertently alerting Bill that Andre is carrying the "re-agent" in the band of his watch. After Andre goes home, Bill, accompanied by Carter, goes to his place, leaving Olivia and Elaine at the restaurant. They confront Andre and start to argue and Bill slugs him, then finds the code book hidden in a press book. Andre wakes up and shoots at Bill and Carter, but Bill again knocks him out and returns to the restaurant to escort Olivia home. Soon Elaine arrives and is unknowingly detained by Olivia's cohorts, who threaten to hurt Bill unless he sends a coded message for them. By doing so, Bill is able to secretly alert Carter, and, after he confesses his love to Elaine, they are rescued. Some time later, Bill boards a train as he is about to ship out. Once seated, he is startled by Elaine, who is wearing a naval uniform, then rushes off the train, saying that he is going to join the Army. +

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