Steve Daly
August 09, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Across the Pacific

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
97 minutes
performer
Mary Astor, Humphrey Bogart
director
John Huston
distributor
MGM/UA Home Video
genre
Drama, ActionAdventure, Romance, War

We gave it a B

Humphrey Bogart is probably the most beloved, iconic film star in history, so it’s amazing that these two Bogie vehicles, made just before and after Casablanca, have only now appeared on video. In both films you can see Bogart, his trademark wince and clipped delivery in full bloom, expanding the straight gangster persona he had created in the ’30s into the movies’ archetypal cynical moralist.

Dashiell Hammett declined to script a sequel to Bogie’s 1941 hit The Maltese Falcon, so Warner Bros. reteamed the Falcon cast with director John Huston for Across the Pacific, a dopey potboiler about a Japanese attempt to bomb the Panama Canal. Fortunately, Huston treats the plot’s military intrigue as mere backdrop to Bogart’s innuendo-laden banter with costar Mary Astor. She gets the best zingers, as when a rough sea journey prompts her to fume, ”You make me sick, and if you stay here one minute longer I’ll prove it to you.” Only in a preposterous finale does the dialogue degenerate into propagandistic sloganeering. B

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