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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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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, Peter is seen entering a large stone building with "Policia Nacional Jefatura" engraved over the entrance - which translates as "National Police Headquarters". It was the actual building at the time. Since the Castro revolution, the entryway has been re-engraved "Policia Nacional Revolucionaria Comandancia General". See more »

Goofs

During the dancer's scene at the cafe, the music of the piano part stops, but the piano player keeps moving his hands quickly on the keyboard as if he is still playing. 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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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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I'd buy cigarettes from her, and I don't even smoke.
9 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not the best film that Hedy Lamarr has been in, but certainly another chance to enjoy this incredibly beautiful and talented actress. She made this semi-documentary film noir after Samson and Delilah. Supposedly, she got paid some big bucks as she was a hot property at the time.

The story takes place in pre-Castro Cuba, but it is basically the same as today. It was a jumping off spot for refugees from Europe who wanted to come to the US. Hedy plays a Buchenwald concentration camp victim that has been bouncing around, is broke, and only 90 miles from her dream.

She runs into an INS agent (John Hodiak) that is working undercover to find out about the smugging into the US. Director Joseph H. Lewis was more familiar with westerns, and you can see that here as Hodiak ends up playing Dudley Do-right and rescuing Nell (Lamarr) from Snidely Whiplash (George Macready, who plays a great cultured bad guy).

A quality story, it's not, but. hey, we came here for Hedy.


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