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A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 August 1950 (USA)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Howard Dimsdale, Cyril Hume (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hedy Lamarr ... Marianne Lorress
John Hodiak ... Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush
James Craig ... Chief Frank Westlake, INS
George Macready ... Palinov, Gulf Stream Cafe Havana
Steven Geray ... Frenchman, Palinov's Tout
Bruce Cowling ... Archer Delby James, Pilot
Nedrick Young ... Harry Nordell
Steven Hill ... Jack
Robert Osterloh ... Lt. Lannahan, NYC Cop
Trevor Bardette ... Lt. Carfagno, Cuban Cop
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Ramon Santez
Renzo Cesana Renzo Cesana ... Asa Sestina, Deported Mobster
Esther Zeitlin Esther Zeitlin ... Beryl Sandring
Carlo Tricoli Carlo Tricoli ... Mr. Sandring
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Elizabeth Alonescu
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

M-G-M THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Sem Nome See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,088,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Steven Hill. See more »

Goofs

During the dancer's scene at the cafe, the music of the piano part stops, but the piano player keeps moving his hands quickly on the keyboard as if he is still playing. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Lorress: Havana does look lovely.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: It's a way station. The last one. Then the United States.
Marianne Lorress: Is it everything people dream about?
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: I don't know. It is what many have dreamed. Others whose dreams have edges too round, colors too bright, they are disappointed.
Marianne Lorress: Oh, I'm not looking for streets paved with gold. A home, respect, freedom. And neighbors who want the same thing.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: Marianne, don't hope for too much.
Marianne Lorress: I'm just beginning to hope.
Peter Karczag INS aka Josef Gombush: Even if things go as you expect, I've been to the United States... a ...
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Soundtracks

I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by a Havana street orchestra
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meant serious...
25 April 2008 | by dedalus7632See all my reviews

It almost feels "A Lady Without Passport" shot today could be a comedy: John Hodiak playing half the film with a Cuban accent, Hedy Lamarr, the ice-cold Jewish princess often seeming not the least bit interested... but, it's meant serious and has a solid feel. Not badly directed by Benny Lewis' brother, Joseph, shot mostly on Lot 3 doubling for pre-Castro Havana, S. Florida and the Everglades (the swamp buggy was authentic, the café sequence, a set), the location work with doubles in Florida and Cuba cuts smoothly with principal photography, though the miniature work is a little choppy. David Raksin's atonal score pulls together the films dark 50s moods of terror and careful optimism.


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