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A Lady Without Passport(1950)

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  • lady without passport

    • kevin sellers
    • 8/12/16

    Although this noir, that pleads for tolerance toward illegal immigrants, (Hollywood could make such films in 1950!) probably will not be shown anytime soon at the Trump Tower it's a somewhat interesting movie, especially the last half hour, or roughly when the plane takes off for Florida with its illicit cargo. Up till then things are pretty slow, what with dull characters, especially the villains, and that is fatal to a noir, (of which this is an example,) a genre that lives or dies on its lugs, psychos, femme fatales, corrupt pols and underworld bosses. Here, we're presented with a standard study in sleaze from George Macready and his even more standard, sneering sidekick, played by Joseph H. Lewis veteran bad guy, Nedrick Young. And the pairing of Hedy Lamar and John Hodiak has all the sexual heat of June and Ward Cleaver's honeymoon. But once we leave the Hollywood world of Havana for the real world problems of refugees being dumped in the Florida swamp and forced to survive, your attention is riveted. The sequence that shows their initial plight, as seen from above by a concerned Navy flyer, is particularly affecting. Unfortunately, this movie is only 75 min. long, so that you hardly have time to get wrapped up in these poor folks' peril before it all wraps up. So, let's give this film a generous B minus for those last 30 min. and some nice directorial touches by Lewis (i.e. the scene where Hodiak and the movie stops to lustfully gaze at a sultry dancer in a cheap nightclub) and a fine, tropical/moody score by David Raksin. P.S. Good film debut by Steven Hill, playing the cynical pilot of the aforesaid plane.

  • A rare beauty!

    • rose
    • 1/28/12

    Saw this movie in college (in early 70's) on tv (late show??) and it left a pleasant impression (Hedy Lamarr was beautiful and the setting was romantic (even the studio shots) Then . never could see it again. FINALLY. you can buy it from Amazon or Warner"s studio collection...buy it and enjoy a rare gem at home!

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    • Gilbert
    • 9/11/08

    I thought that I had seen all the Border Patrol movies until I saw "A Lady without a Passport". I was an officer with the U.S. Border Patrol for 12 years and I am sure other Patrol agents would appreciate this movie to be entered into the U. S. Border Patrol museum. Also I am sure that other Patrol Officers would buy this DVD.

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