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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)

Gene Coogan ... Immigrant (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Derelict (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)
Mike Morelli ... Bar Patron (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)
Cap Somers ... Cop (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay (1940-1941 season) #4: Forbidden Passage" - USA (series 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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Crime Does Not Pay, 14 February 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Forbidden Passage (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lesser entry in MGM's Crime Does Not Pay series takes a look immigrants finding illegal and dangerous ways of getting into America. This practice includes paying men to smuggle them in, which in most cases ends up causing their deaths or if they do make it here it could end up costing them a lot of money or force them into slavery. This MGM series is without question my favorite shorts series out there but this here is one of the weakest entries that I've seen. I think the biggest problem is that the story itself isn't very strong and it takes nearly until the end of the film for things to start to pick up and get entertaining. The way the group were disposing of the immigrants was an interesting thing to see and made for the most entertaining and suspenseful moment in the film. Sadly, everything leading up to this was rather poorly written and not very well executed. Addison Richards and Hugh Beaumont round out the cast.

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