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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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  (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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Crime doesn't pay?, 9 August 2006
Author: Prof-Hieronymos-Grost from Ireland

This is one of five crime shorts on the Warner Bros Classic Noir collection 3,that goes under the banner of "Crime doesn't pay",so what you are getting is basically a Government propaganda film that details the smuggling of illegal aliens into the US from Europe via Central America. The US customs sets up a sting operation involving under cover agents and follows would be illegals on board the ship to Florida, its a well made film with some gruesome moments when the smugglers try and get rid of the "Live Illegals" when customs challenge them and that is basically the message of the film "Don't try and gain illegal entry, it could just cost you your life"

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