Destination Unknown (1942)

Genres - Mystery, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Adventure  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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No relation to the 1933 film of the same name, the 1942 Universal programmer Destination Unknown stars William Gargan as a pilot for General Chennault's Flying Tigers. As such, Gargan is on hand to witness Japanese skullduggery in China, long before Pearl Harbor. When a cache of jewels, intended to finance Chiang Kai-Shek's fight against the Japanese invaders, disappears, Gargan and adventuress Irene Hervey desperately search for the missing gems. Everyone seems to be awfully mercenary, but patriotism wins out before the end. As was customary in wartime films, the Japanese in Destination Unknown are depicted as offensively as traffic would allow, so it's best to regard this film within the context of its times.

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war, agent [representative], bad-guy, espionage, fortune [wealth], good-guy, jewel, jewel-robbery, opal, police