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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

The tail number of James' dummy plane, NC54860, was an actual number assigned to a North American AT-6B owned by MGM at the time. The actual smuggling plane, marked NC80356, was in reality used on a 1946 Beech D-18S bought by MGM for use by Robert Taylor and his wife Barbara Stanwyck. Taylor named that plane "Missy" - his nickname for Stanwyck. 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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It was not Hedy's choice
26 December 2005 | by bruno-32See all my reviews

Hedy wanted to go back to her old studio, MGM with some pride after her great success in Samson and Delilah. Mayer wanted her so badly, he first offered her the role of Poppea in Quo Vadis with her old co star Robert Taylor from Lady of the Tropics. Fortunately she refused that role. Then Mayer offered her this role when it was originally titled "Visa". She didn't think much of it either, but she was quite satisfied as bleeding Mr Mayer of $90000.00 for the role. He wanted to capitalize on her 'comeback' and he reluctantly agreed. Getting money out of him was like getting water out of a rock. It was quite a feat for Hedy. It was a very high price for an actress at that time. Today, even starlets get that amount. But it turned out to be a nice little film, mainly because of her beauty. Hodiak was not the ideal leading man. Mcready was his typical nasty self and very good.


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