With the success of THE MALTESE FALCON under his belt, young director John Huston took on this first-rate espionage adventure, using three principals from his previous film, Bogart, Astor, and Greenstreet. Bogart is introduced as a disgraced ex-Army man who has been court-martialed for
selling military secrets, and who boards a Japanese ship bound for the Pacific via the Panama Canal. On board he meets Astor, a fashion designer going to the Canal Zone to visit her father; Greenstreet, a mysterious sociologist returning to his professorial post in Manila, a man who praises the
Japanese to excess; and Tong, a silent Japanese passenger who identity is assumed by a rep...