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Passport to Destiny (1944)

 -  Comedy | War  -  31 January 1944 (USA)
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A British cleaning woman believes a glass eye has magical powers that will protect her from harm. She travels from London to Berlin and manages to obtain a job as a cleaning woman at Hitler's headquarters. However, her assassination plan is foiled. But, she and other secret agents manage to escape to London during RAF bombing raid of the Reich Chancery.

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Ella Muggins
Gordon Oliver ...
Capt. Franz von Weber
Lenore Aubert ...
Grete Neumann
Lionel Royce ...
Sturmfuehrer Karl Dietrich
Fritz Feld ...
Chief Janitor
Joseph Vitale ...
Lt. Bosch
Gavin Muir ...
Herr Joyce / Lord Haw-Haw
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Prof. Frederick Walthers
Anita Sharp-Bolster ...
Agnes (as Anita Bolster)
Lydia Bilbrook ...
Millie
Lumsden Hare ...
Freighter Captain Mack
Hans Schumm ...
Miniger, Dietrich's Aide
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A British cleaning woman believes a glass eye has magical powers that will protect her from harm. She travels from London to Berlin and manages to obtain a job as a cleaning woman at Hitler's headquarters. However, her assassination plan is foiled. But, she and other secret agents manage to escape to London during RAF bombing raid of the Reich Chancery.

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31 January 1944 (USA)  »

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Magnificent Adventure  »

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"Lord Haw Haw" was a name given by the British to several different German propaganda broadcasters during the Second World War, including but not limited to William Joyce. The name is thought to have been coined by Jonah Barrington of the Daily Express. It is unlikely that the Germans ever referred to Joyce to his face as Lord Haw Haw. See more »

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When Ella and he companions escape from the prison, they drive off in a right hand drive car, normal for the UK but not for Germany. See more »

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Bizarre "Comedy" From RKO
27 May 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Passport to Destiny (1944)

** (out of 4)

Bizarre "comedy" from RKO about Ella Muggins (Elsa Lanchester), a British woman who keeps with her a special glass eye, which her husband (photos of Charles Laughton are used) used to escape any bad harm. She decides to take this charm to Germany where she's going to work as a deaf and dumb house cleaner and she plans to get into Hitler's office and assassinate him. I'm really not too sure what RKO was thinking but this here is pretty much dead on arrival and if it weren't for the charm of Lanchester then we'd really have a disaster on our hands. This film is clearly just for fans of the actress since this here was her first and only leading role. I thought she managed to be quite charming here and especially during the scenes where she's pretending not to be able to hear anything going on. I'm sure some might take offense to this but the actress does a pretty good job in the part and she certainly helps keep the 65-minute running time moving at a decent pace. The one bit of trivia that might make this film appeal to some is that Lanchester was in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and co-star Lenore Aubert would eventually appear in the studio's ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN so perhaps Universal monster fans will want to see the two together. Gordon Oliver is also good in his supporting role. PASSPORT TO DESTINY is supposed to be a comedy but for the life of me I don't remember laughing a single time. The film manages to be mildly entertaining simply because of how strange the story is but it's just way too predictable and unfunny to really work.


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