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A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 August 1950 (USA)
There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marianne Lorress
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Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush
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Chief Frank Westlake, INS
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Palinov, Gulf Stream Cafe Havana
Steven Geray ...
Frenchman, Palinov's Tout
Bruce Cowling ...
Archer Delby James, Pilot
Nedrick Young ...
Harry Nordell
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Jack
Robert Osterloh ...
Lt. Lannahan, NYC Cop
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Lt. Carfagno, Cuban Cop
Charles Wagenheim ...
Ramon Santez
Renzo Cesana ...
Asa Sestina, Deported Mobster
Esther Zeitlin ...
Beryl Sandring
Carlo Tricoli ...
Mr. Sandring
Marta Mitrovich ...
Elizabeth Alonescu
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Storyline

There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak) is sent to Havana posing as a Hungarian frustrated with the legal immigration process and open to an alternative. By this means he uncovers the human smuggling ring run by Palinov (George Macready). He also meets concentration-camp refugee Marianne Lorress (Hedy Lamarr), a Viennese working in a nightclub and one who has paid to be smuggled into the United States. When Karczag falls in love with her, he becomes conflicted, not wanting her to be among those he plans to have captured in his operation. So he tries to persuade her to stay in Cuba instead of being secretly flown to the United States. Will he succeed? What if his cover is blown? Written by Fred Edwords <FEdwords@Gmail.com>

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M-G-M THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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3 August 1950 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Robert Osterloh also plays an INS agent in the film Illegal Entry (1949) See more »

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An an airport identified by a conspicuous sign saying "MIAMI AIRPORT", an airplane arrives from Miami. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Lorress: Havana does look lovely.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: It's a way station. The last one. Then the United States.
Marianne Lorress: Is it everything people dream about?
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: I don't know. It is what many have dreamed. Others whose dreams have edges too round, colors too bright, they are disappointed.
Marianne Lorress: Oh, I'm not looking for streets paved with gold. A home, respect, freedom. And neighbors who want the same thing.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: Marianne, don't hope for too much.
Marianne Lorress: I'm just beginning to hope.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: Even if things go as you expect, I've been to the United States... a ...
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I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
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Music by Harry Warren
Played by a Havana street orchestra
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Refugees
10 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

History repeats itself, again and again. Cuba was a magnet for people running away from Europe, before and after WWII. The country was a stepping stone for entering legally, or illegally, in the United States. At that time Cubans lived somewhat placidly in their land, but as things changed there, they are the ones trying to escape from the horrible conditions in that country.

We are taken along to Havana by an Inmigration officer trying to find who is behind the smuggling of illegal refugees into America. This officer gets to know soon after his arrival the connection is Polinov, a shady character who has a pretty thing going operating from his Gulf Stream bar in the old section of town.

Joseph H. Lewis directed this MGM film that has a look of being a B type picture, even though Hedy Lamarr was the main attraction going for it. Ms. Lamarr was totally wasted in the movie. As Marianne, the gorgeous woman who wants to get to America, she shows hardly any emotion and is, in general, a bland addition to the film. John Hodiak shows some intensity and speaks with a heavy accent. George Macready is the evil Palinov.

The film shows a few scenes taken in Havana in all its beauty.


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