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The Yellow Ticket (1931)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, War | 30 October 1931 (USA)
A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Michael Morton (play), Jules Furthman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elissa Landi ... Marya Kalish
Lionel Barrymore ... Baron Igor Andreeff
Laurence Olivier ... Julian Rolfe
Walter Byron ... Count Nikolai
Arnold Korff ... Grandfather Kalish
Mischa Auer ... Melchior
Edwin Maxwell ... Police Agent Boligoff
Rita La Roy ... Fania Rubinstein
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Storyline

A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the social crimes rampant in her country. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Was her ticket a passport to visit sick parents? Or did brutes eye it as license for insults and privilege? (original herald) See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den Gula Biljetten See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from 1913 to August 4, 1914. See more »

Goofs

The monoplane which spirits Marya and Rolfe out of Russia is of a much later date than 1914. See more »

Connections

Version of The Yellow Passport (1916) See more »

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Curious melodrama with a heavy bias against imperialist Russia.
5 August 2000 | by Ale fishSee all my reviews

This must have seemed old fashioned even when it was made. The story had to be a holdover from the silent days.

Poor, virtuous peasant Elissa Landi is persecuted by leering aristocrat Lionel Barrymore in pre-revolutionary Russia. Laurence Olivier, in his only his second U.S. movie, is the Western journalist who offers Landi his love and a chance at escape. Boris Karloff plays a drunken orderly.

Whereas Olivier attempts to bring a light touch to his thankless role, neither Landi nor Barrymore seem to know the meaning of the word 'restraint.'. This has an interesting consequence. Whereas Landi is insufferably hysterical, Barrymore provides the best reason to watch; a portrait of sheer, camp villainy that just keeps getting better and better as the film goes on.

Hard to take seriously. Watch it for Barrymore alone.


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