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Tokyo Rose(1946)

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The above plot synopsis and credits were taken from a cutting continuity from the AMPAS Library. The Variety review notes that "Tokyo Rose," portrayed by Lotus Long, appears onscreen only toward the end of the film. It was not evident from the script if the filmmakers intended "Tokyo Rose" to be portrayed as Japanese or Japanese-American. According to a New York Times article and a Hollywood Reporter news item, filmmakers withheld writing the end of the film until after the production had started, so that it would not be outdated when it was released.
       According to modern sources, twenty-seven Japanese-American women radio announcers were enlisted by the Japanese to make broadcasts intended for American troops during World War II. American government officials concluded, after an intensive post-war investigation, that no one named "Tokyo Rose" ever existed, nor was the name ever actually used in a broadcast. Nevertheless, public outcry against "Tokyo Rose," led by journalist Walter Winchell, resulted in an indictment against Iva Toguri, an American of Japanese descent who unwillingly became a radio announcer in Japan during the war. Toguri was tried as the infamous "Tokyo Rose" and found guilty of treason, and served eight years in prison. Later research into her case revealed that Toguri was innocent of the crime, and in 1977, President Gerald Ford granted her a full pardon.