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Carl Dudley (original story)
Carl Dudley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 February 1941 (USA) See more »
The MGM Crime Reporter introduces Frank J. Maxwell, Florida District Director of the US Immigration Service... See more » | Add synopsis »
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While this one is a bit preachy, its horribly sick finale makes it easier to watch. See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Addison Richards ... Frank J. Maxwell
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Otto Kestler

Hugh Beaumont ... Clements

George Lessey ... American Consul in Lisbon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Cleveland ... Anna's Father (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Bartender in Belize (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ... Belize Policeman (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Illegal Alien Aboard Tugboat (uncredited)
Roland Got ... Illegal Alien on Tugboat (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Florida Fisherman (uncredited)
Lotte Palfi Andor ... Anna Kestler (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Seaman Aboard Tugboat (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Corrupt Consulate Aide in Lisbon (uncredited)
Alexander Schoenberg ... Man Waiting in Office (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Daggett (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Belize Alien Smuggler (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Seaman Aboard Tugboat (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Tugboat Captain (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
Writing credits
Carl Dudley (original story)

Carl Dudley (screenplay)

Cinematography by
Jackson Rose (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Forbidden Passage" - USA (short title)
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21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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While this one is a bit preachy, its horribly sick finale makes it easier to watch., 20 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In the first few years of the Crime Does Not Pay series, the topics usually covered murder, organized crime and the like. Starting around the time WWII broke out, the topics became less and less about these topics and more and more preachy--emphasizing good citizenship. This one manages to both be about good citizenship AND is exciting and violent--and it more watchable than most of this war-era films.

It begins as all these films do--with an actor dressed up like some government official introducing the film! I think MGM wanted to make the films seem more convincing by pulling a fast one on the audiences! The topic of "Forbidden Passage" is the business of trafficking in illegal aliens. To combat the problem, a special agent (Hugh Beaumont) goes under cover. The problem is that when the crooks think that they are about to get caught, they put the illegals in sacks, wrap chains around them and toss them into the water using a secret trap door on their ships. It really is horrifying to see them being jettisoned this way--and although it's pretty sick, it was also very exciting and the climax was entertaining. Worth your time.

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