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Room 43 (1958)

Passport to Shame (original title)
Cabdriver Constantine falls for French girl mixed up with white slave ring, eventually helps to liberate her.

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Alvin Rakoff
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Cast

Credited cast:
Diana Dors ... Vicki
Herbert Lom ... Nick Biaggi
Eddie Constantine ... Johnny McVey
Odile Versois ... Marie Louise 'Malou' Beaucaire
Brenda de Banzie ... Aggie
Robert Brown ... Mike
Elwyn Brook-Jones Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Solicitor Heath
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Antippas Maria Antippas ... Minor Role (as Maria Andipa)
Yvonne Buckingham Yvonne Buckingham ... Tart
Percy Cartwright Percy Cartwright ... Registrar
Jackie Collins ... English Girl
Robert Fabian Robert Fabian ... Himself - Introduction
Rosalie Marshall Rosalie Marshall ... Minor Role
Lana Morris ... Girl
James Ottaway ... Assistant Registrar
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Cabdriver Constantine falls for French girl mixed up with white slave ring, eventually helps to liberate her.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1958 (West Germany) See more »

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Room 43 See more »

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United Co-Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Never Never More (Jamais Jamais Plus)
Music by Jeff Davis
English Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
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AKA "Passport To Shame"
19 April 2014 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

Diana Dors was at her Marilyn Monroe like physical voluptuous peak in this 1958 film drama about prostitution in London.Playing a "tart with a heart" she is only on the game to earn enough money for plastic surgery to save her younger sister's face from a previous acid attack by her vicious pimp (played by Herbert Lom) when her sister had previously refused to go "on the game".A shining white knight appears on the scene, not on a horse but in the form of a London taxicab driver (and his loyal cab mates)- a Canadian war veteran played by Eddie Constantine.Herbert Lom deceitfully involves both the new naive blonde girl (played by French actress Odile Versois) into his group of girls for hire and the taxi cab owner into his debt.

In the light of sex & violence graphically shown in 2014 by the media, this film will seem rather tame but I'm sure it had an X certificate at British cinemas in 1958 for its adult themes.There is also a drug scene, another taboo subject at the time.For Dors fans, a companion to this film would be "Yield to the Night", aka "Blonde Sinner" the latter film loosely based on the celebrated case of Ruth Ellis the last woman to be hanged in 1955 in Britain.I voted "Passport to Shame" 6/10 as I felt "Blonde Sinner" had slightly the stronger story line and better production values.


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