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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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Agnes (as Anita Bolster)
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Millie
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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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Moabit Prison was in the Moabit district of Berlin (part of the Tiergarten Borough and now part of the Mitte borough) and was used by the Nazi government and the Gestapo for holding prisoners for both political and criminal prisoners. It was demolished in 1955. The term Moabit also refers to the Central Criminal Court of Berlin. See more »

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The title on the door under Karl Dietrich's name - Sturmfuehrer - was the lowest commissioned officer rank, equivalent to a second lieutenant. It's inconceivable such a low-ranking officer would have such a large office in the Reich Chancellery next to Goebbels' and Himmler's. Additionally, that rank was obsolete after 1934 in the SS, and the character wears an SS uniform and collar tabs of a Standartenfürer - the equivalent of a colonel. See more »

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Agnes: There goes the best cleaning lady in the 'ole bloomin' Empire!
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It's Elsa against the Reich
1 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Preposterous but fun film starring Elsa Lanchester as a British cleaning woman whose late husband (a photo of Charles Laughton) was saved from crocodiles by a glass eye he carried.

She believes this eye to have magic powers. She believes it will protect her against all eventualities, so she decides to go to Germany and kill Hitler.

I had a feeling I'd seen this film, and when I heard Lanchester's name in the film, Mrs. Muggins, I knew I had. I named one of my cats Muggins.

Pretending to be deaf and dumb, Mrs. M gets a job at Hitler's headquarters, though he's out of town at the time. She does, however, manage to pass to an agent information about the whereabouts of his girlfriend. What she doesn't realize is that the Nazis have actually let the woman leave prison and have followed her and the agent, and know of Mrs. Muggins' involvement.

Though Lanchester was 42 at the time of this film, she doesn't look it and is quite pretty. She gives a lively performance and is very funny, though the humor comes out of the seriousness of her character and her belief in this magic piece. Seeing her order a Nazi to get her coat was too much, as was her rehearsal for murder in Hitler's office.

The rest of the cast is good, and despite the fact that it was done on a set, you really do think you're in London and Berlin somehow.

Short, and Lanchester is always a pleasure.


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