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I Was a Criminal (1945)

 -  Drama  -  1 January 1945 (USA)
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Albert Bassermann ...
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Eric Blore ...
Obermueller, the Mayor
Herman Bing ...
Kilian, City Hall Guard
George Chandler ...
Kallenberg
Luis Alberni ...
Prison Guard
Wallis Clark ...
Elsa Bassermann ...
Mrs. Marie Hoprecht
Claud Allister ...
First Railroad Employee
Bernard Gorcey ...
Second Railroad Employee
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Rosenkrantz, the Treasurer
Frank Orth ...
Knoll, the Factory Personnel Manager
Sig Arno ...
Krakauer, the Second-Hand Dealer
Russell Hicks ...
Police Commisioner
Sheldon Bennett
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1 January 1945 (USA)  »

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Captain of Koepenick  »

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Completed as 'Passport to Heaven' in 1941, but unable to find a distributor due to the outbreak of World War II, which made its German settings and characterizations unpalatable to the American public; eventually picked up by Film Classics in 1945, but received few bookings, probably for the same reason; the only review it ever received was in Exhibitor Magazine in July 1946, who also commented on this same problem; eventually picked up for television release by NTA in the 1950's, but only infrequently shown. See more »

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12 September 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie is listed as "I Was a Criminal." It was released in the U.S., and shown on television years ago, as Passport to Heaven.

A really outstanding, touching movie that featured a distinguished performance by Basserman. This movie appeared toward the end of the Second World War, and on one level was very crude anti-German propaganda. But its subtext, the yearning for freedom, is universal.

One real tragedy is that this movie simply vanished from the face of the earth. It is not available in any format, DVD or video. A real shame. My thanks to the other commenter for sharing his recollections of the film.


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