Lady without Passport

A Lady without Passport

Director: Joseph H. Lewis

Cast: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig

     
 
A Lady Without Passport stars Hedy Lamarr in the title role. Lamarr plays Marianne Lorress, a concentration-camp refugee who takes up residence in Cuba while waiting permission to enter the U.S. Immigration agent Pete Karczag (John Hodiak) decides to use Marianne as bait to entrap Palinov (George Macready), the brains of an alien-smuggling ring. Pete eventually

Overview

A Lady Without Passport stars Hedy Lamarr in the title role. Lamarr plays Marianne Lorress, a concentration-camp refugee who takes up residence in Cuba while waiting permission to enter the U.S. Immigration agent Pete Karczag (John Hodiak) decides to use Marianne as bait to entrap Palinov (George Macready), the brains of an alien-smuggling ring. Pete eventually falls in love with Marianne, but she despises him for using her--at least until fade-out time. Despite the tattoo on her arm, it is difficult to believe that Hedy Lamarr has survived a Nazi concentration camp; she appears instead to have staged a desperate escape from the MGM makeup department. This aside, A Lady without Passport is an acceptable (and commendably short) crime meller.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The problems with A Lady Without Passport start when one realizes that the eternally glamorous Hedy Lamarr is being asked to portray a poor refugee from a concentration camp. Lamarr doesn't begin to look the part, either in her physical frame or in her make-up, and so credibility is struck a blow from the start. Lamarr, though a sensational beauty, did not have a great dramatic range, and the acting demands of Passport are also not suited to her talents. Compounding the problem is the casting of John Hodiak opposite her. Hodiak looks good, but he's a dull performer and that dullness is damaging here. George Macready is good as the villain, but he can't hold up the acting end of the picture all by himself. M The screenplay is also only serviceable; it's not bad, but there's nothing special about it. What does raise Passport a few notches is Joseph H. Lewis' direction. It's not in the same league as his work on Gun Crazy, but it has flair and imagination and he makes the material work far better than it should. His filming of the everglades finale is especially noteworthy.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2010
UPC:
0883316271315
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:12:00
Sales rank:
30,539

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hedy Lamarr Marianne Lorress
John Hodiak Pete Karczag
James Craig Frank Westlake
George Macready Palinov
Steven Geray Frenchman
Bruce Cowling Archer Delby James
Ned Young Harry Nordell
Steven Hill Jack
Robert Osterloh Lt. Lannahan
Trevor Bardette Lt. Carfagno
Charles Wagenheim Ramon Santez
Renzo Cesana Sestina
Esther Zeitlin Beryl Sandring
Carlo Tricoli Mr. Sandring
Marta Mitrovich Elizabeth Alonescu
Don Garner Dimitri Matthias
Richard Crane Navy Flyer
Nita Bieber Dancer
Martin Garralaga Police Officer
Mario Siletti Cafe Owner

Technical Credits
Joseph H. Lewis Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Howard Dimsdale Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Cyril Hume Screenwriter
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Samuel Marx Producer
David Raksin Score Composer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
Lawrence Edmund Taylor Original Story
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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