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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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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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This is another of those many films that has performers in them who can actually act! - another film that has long deserved to be restored and reissued on DVD.
21 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why is it that so many films of this quality and with casts of characters that can actually act lie around for so many years without being restored and brought out on DVD? When there is so much mediocrity in recent films and audiences having to suffer all the 'pretty' mannequin's in them that pretend to act, performers like Albert Bassermann and the films in which they acted must be restored if there is to be any hope for the film industry. Perhaps reviewers and distributors do not know that the film was originally released with the title, "Passport to Heaven", and is based on the story, "The Captain from Koepenick", which was originally "Der Hauptman von Koepenick". It is an ironically funny film and strikes to the heart of bureauocracy. It is needed now more than ever in this time we live in. Attention Turner Film Classics:let's see it one of these days, please!


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