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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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Storyline

Cabdriver Constantine falls for French girl mixed up with white slave ring, eventually helps to liberate her.

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For Those Who Think They've Seen Everything! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Room 43 See more »

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Production Co:

United Co-Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Hi, Mom! (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Never More (Jamais Jamais Plus)
Music by Jeff Davis
English Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
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Herbert Lom, pimp meister!
1 January 2013 | by Fred_RapSee all my reviews

Among the sundry delights to be found in this British white slavery sexpose is the gonzo turn by Herbert Lom. As London's mac daddy supreme Nick Biaggi, Lom is a sight to behold, a horn-doggie dandy in homburg, lapel carnation and spats (au courant fashion be damned). He's low-key at first, oozing oily charm and generosity, the better to bamboozle naive French waif Odile Versois, who's been lured into a life of shame by Lom's field procurer/mamasan/mistress Brenda De Banzie. But behind closed doors it's a whole 'nother Herb. Channeling his inner Michael Gough, he's all over Odile like a cheap suit, manhandling her love handles and assaulting her face with wet, slobbering kisses. It's truly an unhinged spectacle; even Lom's toupee looks like it has an erection.

Also in the house: affable tough guy Eddie Constantine as the world's least likely Canadian, the always welcome Robert Brown (Tumak's dad in One Million Years B.C., 'M' in the Bond films of the '80s) as a two-fisted cabbie who rouses his fellow hacks to do battle with the 'ho-mongers, Diana Dors, poured into bum-busting skirts and Frederick's of Soho lingerie, as a hooker with a score to settle, and, as the groom at a wedding party, a remarkably young Michael Caine.

All this plus a wacky weed-induced dream scene that must be seen to be disbelieved.

Lowdown high times guaranteed.


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