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Passport to Destiny(1944)

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  • Pure fun

    • T.
    • 7/8/15

    Preposterous, and meant to be. It was sheer propaganda but even as light as it was, it got the message across. I found it to be a cute comical view of the incompetence of Nazis in a very serious background of WW2. Like Hogan Heroes, making light of something so serious. In order to get full significance of these movies, one must put themselves into the viewer's world at the time. The U.K. had little to laugh about in 1944, and I can only assume it was enjoyed. Even today, we can see the significance of her wiping her hands on the Nazi flag, without intention, just a casual rag of convenience. Made me laugh.

  • Passport to Destiny wrongly maligned!

    • Leonard Thomason
    • 7/5/15

    The majority of reviews written about Passport to Destiny {formerly Dangerous Journey}(1944) are merciless, criticizing the very entertaining tongue-in-cheek qualities it has in common with the great motion pictures All Through the Night (1941), Desperate Journey (1942) and To Be Or Not To Be (1942).Both Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan used double talk gibberish as a means of escape from Nazis, while Jack Benny masqueraded as Nazi Colonel 'Concentration Camp Ehrhardt' during the fall of Poland. Why is it so much to ask us to believe the exploits of a cockney charlady scrubbing her way across war torn Europe to the Reich Chancellery!If you want to criticize the credibility about war dramas, just take a good look at Man Hunt (1941), Escape (1940) and Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942), where you'll get to see Walter Pidgeon a big game hunter armed with a rifle within shooting distance of Adolph Hitler's residence in the German Alps, while you'll find Robert Taylor, Ginger Rogers and Cary Grant waltzing in and out of concentration camps like they were simply the county lockup. Only a few films routinely circulate featuring the multi-talented Elsa Lanchester: Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Lassie Come Home (1943), Bishop's Wife (1947), Big Clock (1948), Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and Mary Poppins (1964). Passport to Destiny needs to be released on DVD!

  • installment #4

    • don letta
    • 6/29/15

    This engrossing little film was actually the fourth segment of Flesh and Fantasy, a 1943 film about a man relating stories from the past, to his fellow club members.Possibly the extra length of the film suggested less revenue to the producers, and they decided to cut this segment, flesh it out and release it as a feature film. Actually all four parts would have been good films on their own.This is one of several of this type of film popular in the 1940's.

  • Passport to Destiny review

    • George Rodrigues
    • 5/23/13

    There are many questions over Passport to Destiny: Why has it rarely been shown on television since it's release? Why has it never been released on video or dvd? Why is it Elsa Lanchester's only starring role? All the evidence from 'Passport..' suggests that she was perfectly capable of doing so in other pictures. Another weird aspect is the reference to Elsa being an 'old woman' in the script - could the role of Ella Muggins have possibly been prepared for another actress originally? Having said all that this is a fascinating film of the period and features outstanding comic performances from all involved. Elsa even gets to perform a dramatic and moving speech whilst readying herself to kill Hitler! Great stuff :)

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