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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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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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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

Palinov's fee of $1,000 to smuggle someone into the United States would be the equivalent of nearly $10,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

Mountains are visible in the background at the South Jacksonville, Florida airport. There are no mountains anywhere near Jacksonville, Florida. See more »

Quotes

Palinov, Gulf Stream Cafe Havana: A shrewd man never asks questions until he has gathered enough information to be able to distinguish between lies and truth.
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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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Polished exotic thriller has A feature look.
12 April 2003 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Before they went wide screen MGM, had a brief period of taking on likely action movie directors and pouring more money into their work than they or the audience were used to. Anthony Mann benefited with BORDER INCIDENT. John Sturges got THE PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA and Joe Lewis scored this sweaty thriller, where the character people who enlivened his Columbia work can be seen milling round behind Metro's contract leads.

The director was demoted to B movies after this, rather unjustly, as it's not only probably his most ambitious outing but also a very efficient entertainment. Lewis' handling breaks through the Metro gloss occasionally - the facing profiles of the death struggle, McCready firing into the fog after Hodiak has tricked him.

The immigrant smuggling story adds surprising elements like the professionalism of the bad guys. "If he is killed he will be replaced - probably by a smarter man."

One of the best aspects is the film's picture of Cuba, with Hodiak squiring Hedy's double round the real city along with studio construction which runs to a functional tramway, art director interiors and back projection. The seedy, fading opulent hotel the leads share is particularly evocative.

While the process work occasionally shows, the model plane crash is a considerable set piece.

The glamour shots of Hedy reveal the studio input, not altogether to the film's advantage. She acts well enough and looks mature-appealing with the hints of having been around enough to accept McCready's protection.

Surprisingly sympathetic treatment of aliens "A little thing like an accent, a foreign name will set you apart" relates to the Dore Schary era multi culturalism of BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK or BORDER INCIDENT again.


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