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Passport to Destiny (1944)

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
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Capt. Franz von Weber
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Grete Neumann
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Sturmfuehrer Karl Dietrich
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Lt. Bosch
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Prof. Frederick Walthers
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Agnes (as Anita Bolster)
Lydia Bilbrook ...
Millie
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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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(RCA Sound System)

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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 goes to clean the windows in Karl Dietrich's office, the shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving up the wall to the left of the window. See more »

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Elsa Lanchester scrubs her way across Occupied Europe
12 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is surely one of the most extraordinary films to have come out of America during the war. It is also notable for being the only Hollywood movie in which Elsa Lanchester, best known as The Bride of Frankenstein, had the lead part and top billing. She plays a cockney charlady who is convinced she's protected by a "lucky charm" once owned by her late husband (cut to a photo of Charles Laughton) and is resolved to assassinate Hitler. During the London blitz, armed only with her bucket and a mop, she stows away on a ship across the English Channel and proceeds to scrub her way across Occupied Europe by pretending to be deaf and dumb. She lands up in Hitler's HQ in Berlin where language problems are solved by all the 'bad' Germans speaking English with funny guttural accents! Elsa gets a job as a cleaner in Hitler's office but he's out at the time so she delivers a propaganda-like speech to his empty chair. Some 'good' Germans opposed to Hitler (they all speak English with American accents) whisk Elsa back to England in a stolen plane. She is hailed as a heroine only to discover that the "lucky charm" she took with her was part of a job-lot of glass eyes! An absolutely priceless movie, and one which at the end is dedicated to the fighting US forces overseas. One can only wonder what they made of it.


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