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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 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
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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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Release Date:

3 August 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Sem Nome  »

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$1,088,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film is seen the S.S. Joseph R. Parrot, a railroad car ferry that ran between Havana and Palm Beach, Florida, and was owned by the West India Fruit and Steamship Company. Built in 1916, she was requisitioned by the U.S. Navy in 1942 and renamed the U.S.S. Salem (CM-11), serving as a mine-layer and submarine net layer. She served in the Mediterannean and Pacific theaters earning two battle stars. She returned to commercial service in 1947 and ran the ferry car route until it was discontinued c.1960 due to the Cuban revolution. Sold to a Honduran firm for use as a cargo ship, she was scrapped in 1970. See more »

Goofs

Mountains are visible in the background at the South Jacksonville, Florida airport. There are no mountains anywhere near Jacksonville, Florida. See more »

Quotes

Palinov, Gulf Stream Cafe Havana: A shrewd man never asks questions until he has gathered enough information to be able to distinguish between lies and truth.
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Soundtracks

I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by a Havana street orchestra
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It was not Hedy's choice
26 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hedy wanted to go back to her old studio, MGM with some pride after her great success in Samson and Delilah. Mayer wanted her so badly, he first offered her the role of Poppea in Quo Vadis with her old co star Robert Taylor from Lady of the Tropics. Fortunately she refused that role. Then Mayer offered her this role when it was originally titled "Visa". She didn't think much of it either, but she was quite satisfied as bleeding Mr Mayer of $90000.00 for the role. He wanted to capitalize on her 'comeback' and he reluctantly agreed. Getting money out of him was like getting water out of a rock. It was quite a feat for Hedy. It was a very high price for an actress at that time. Today, even starlets get that amount. But it turned out to be a nice little film, mainly because of her beauty. Hodiak was not the ideal leading man. Mcready was his typical nasty self and very good.


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