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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>
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 »
The slow, tight circling of the plane crash site from the naval pilot's point of view would be impossible in his light aircraft. It was obviously filmed from a helicopter. See more »
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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