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A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 August 1950 (USA)
There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Howard Dimsdale, Cyril Hume (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hedy Lamarr ... Marianne Lorress
John Hodiak ... Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush
James Craig ... Chief Frank Westlake, INS
George Macready ... Palinov, Gulf Stream Cafe Havana
Steven Geray ... Frenchman, Palinov's Tout
Bruce Cowling ... Archer Delby James, Pilot
Nedrick Young ... Harry Nordell
Steven Hill ... Jack
Robert Osterloh ... Lt. Lannahan, NYC Cop
Trevor Bardette ... Lt. Carfagno, Cuban Cop
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Ramon Santez
Renzo Cesana Renzo Cesana ... Asa Sestina, Deported Mobster
Esther Zeitlin Esther Zeitlin ... Beryl Sandring
Carlo Tricoli Carlo Tricoli ... Mr. Sandring
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Elizabeth Alonescu
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Storyline

There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak) is sent to Havana posing as a Hungarian frustrated with the legal immigration process and open to an alternative. By this means he uncovers the human smuggling ring run by Palinov (George Macready). He also meets concentration-camp refugee Marianne Lorress (Hedy Lamarr), a Viennese working in a nightclub and one who has paid to be smuggled into the United States. When Karczag falls in love with her, he becomes conflicted, not wanting her to be among those he plans to have captured in his operation. So he tries to persuade her to stay in Cuba instead of being secretly flown to the United States. Will he succeed? What if his cover is blown? Written by Fred Edwords <FEdwords@Gmail.com>

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M-G-M THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Sem Nome See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,088,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, Peter is seen entering a large stone building with "Policia Nacional Jefatura" engraved over the entrance - which translates as "National Police Headquarters". It was the actual building at the time. Since the Castro revolution, the entryway has been re-engraved "Policia Nacional Revolucionaria Comandancia General". See more »

Goofs

Mountains are visible in the background at the South Jacksonville, Florida airport. There are no mountains anywhere near Jacksonville, Florida. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Lorress: Havana does look lovely.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: It's a way station. The last one. Then the United States.
Marianne Lorress: Is it everything people dream about?
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: I don't know. It is what many have dreamed. Others whose dreams have edges too round, colors too bright, they are disappointed.
Marianne Lorress: Oh, I'm not looking for streets paved with gold. A home, respect, freedom. And neighbors who want the same thing.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: Marianne, don't hope for too much.
Marianne Lorress: I'm just beginning to hope.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: Even if things go as you expect, I've been to the United States... a ...
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Soundtracks

I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by a Havana street orchestra
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Hedy, Hodiak, and let's not forget Havana
28 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

By the time of "Lady Without a Passport," Hedy Lamarr had seen better days. Of course, having seen better days for Hedy Lamarr would be any other beautiful woman's ultimate moment. She was one of the great film beauties. She never was one of the great film actresses, however, although she's pretty good in this post-war film about immigrants trying to get into the U.S. illegally with the help of the always oily George Macready. Immigration operative John Hodiak is sent to Havana, where he poses as a Hungarian trying to get into the states. He falls in love with Lamarr along the way.

John Hodiak, who facially has always reminded me of Martin Landau, does a very good job. There is some magnificent Havana scenery to behold. For me the film bogs down in the protracted ending as everyone is tracing a plane, but picks up again in scenes filmed in the Florida everglades.

The movie is black and white and very atmospheric.


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