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Passport to Destiny (1944)

A British cleaning woman believes a glass eye has magical powers that will protect her from harm. She travels from London to Berlin and manages to obtain a job as a cleaning woman at Hitler's headquarters. However, her assassination plan is foiled. But, she and other secret agents manage to escape to London during RAF bombing raid of the Reich Chancery.

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Muriel Roy Bolton (original screenplay), Val Burton (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elsa Lanchester ... Ella Muggins
Gordon Oliver ... Capt. Franz von Weber
Lenore Aubert ... Grete Neumann
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Sturmfuehrer Karl Dietrich
Fritz Feld ... Chief Janitor
Joseph Vitale ... Lt. Bosch
Gavin Muir ... Herr Joyce / Lord Haw-Haw
Lloyd Corrigan ... Prof. Frederick Walthers
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Agnes (as Anita Bolster)
Lydia Bilbrook Lydia Bilbrook ... Millie
Lumsden Hare ... Freighter Captain Mack
Hans Schumm ... Miniger, Dietrich's Aide
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Storyline

A British cleaning woman believes a glass eye has magical powers that will protect her from harm. She travels from London to Berlin and manages to obtain a job as a cleaning woman at Hitler's headquarters. However, her assassination plan is foiled. But, she and other secret agents manage to escape to London during RAF bombing raid of the Reich Chancery.

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hitler | nazi | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magnificent Adventure See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The photograph of Henry Albert Muggins is of Charles Laughton, the real-life husband of Elsa Lanchester. See more »

Goofs

When Ella and he companions escape from the prison, they drive off in a right hand drive car, normal for the UK but not for Germany. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ella Muggins: Henry Albert, you blooming, blinking liar.
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Crazy Credits

To Families And Friends Of Men And Women In Our Armed Forces. The picture you have just seen is being shown in combat areas overseas with the compliments of the American Motion Picture Industry. See more »

Connections

Featured in The World According to Smith & Jones: War (1988) See more »

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One of the strangest wartime propaganda films you can find.
22 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I have seen a lot of wartime propaganda pictures, I must admit that "Passport to Destiny" is among the strangest of them! The story is about a very weird lady (Elsa Lanchester) who thinks her good luck charm will keep her from all harm. And, because of this, she is going to sneak into Germany and murder Hitler!!

The lady rather easily arrives in Germany and pretends to be deaf and unable to talk. Oddly, the Nazis hire her as a janitor to work in the very building where the top Nazis work...and her plan appears to be going quite well. So what's next? See the film.

The film never really makes much sense and if you are looking for realism, you had best skip this one. Lanchester's character rather easily gets into wartime Germany and gets out even easier! And, she very easily gets a job with access to top Nazis....something else that makes little sense. So, provided you can turn off your brain and just enjoy, the film is worth seeing--otherwise, it's a dopey little film, that's for sure!


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