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A Passport to Hell (1932)

A notorious beautiful English woman (Myra) is kicked out of British West Africa to German West Africa, just before the start of World War I. She marries a German colonial official (Erich) ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screenplay), Harry Hervey (story "Burnt Offering") | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Elissa Landi ... Myra Carson
Paul Lukas ... Lt. Kurt Kurtoff
Warner Oland ... Baron von Sydow, Police Commandant
Alexander Kirkland ... Lt. Erich von Sydow
Donald Crisp ... Sgt. Snyder
Earle Foxe ... Purser
Yola d'Avril ... Rosita (as Yola D'Avril)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Simms (as Ivan Simpson)
Eva Dennison Eva Dennison ... Mrs. Butterworth
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Officer (as William Von Brincken)
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A notorious beautiful English woman (Myra) is kicked out of British West Africa to German West Africa, just before the start of World War I. She marries a German colonial official (Erich) to avoid internment. When Erich's father discovers her past he deports her. Before leaving, an English spy approaches her for help to escape with a vital military map. She must decide her allegiance. Written by Greg Hartwick

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Lt. Erich von Sydow: [to Myra as she searches in her handbag for a match] Will you permit me?
[He lights her cigarette]
Myra Carson: Thank you, lieutenant.
Lt. Erich von Sydow: My name is Von Sydow. How did you know my rank?
Myra Carson: I'm familiar with uniforms.
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The Tragedy of Not Thinking
3 July 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Elissa Landi has just been kicked out of all the British African colonies for all the reasons that women were kicked out of tropical ports in Pre-Code movies. She winds up in German Africa and fascinates Alexander Kirkland, a German officer whose father, Warner Oland, is the captain of the port. The First World War is declared and she's about to be stuck in a penal camp, so Kirkland marries her -- and then Oland tells him why she's there. He doesn't care. The two of them are off in the bush, then, while he's away on maneuvers, along comes Kirkland's buddy, Paul Lukas, and she fascinates him.... and he her.

It was one of the movies that the Majors were producing at the time, of shady ladies caught up in the events of the First World War. MGM had Garbo in MATA HARI and RKO put Helen Twelvetrees in A WOMAN OF EXPERIENCE. Miss Landi gives a wonderful performance here, but somehow she never comes across as someone who sets out to captivate the helpless men. If anything, the script and her performance draws her as someone who does so almost unwillingly, forced into a demi-mondaine's life as a curse, an unwilling Erda.

Frank Lloyd's direction may seem casually uncaring to the modern viewer, with all the characters easily accepting the racist and sexist standards of the times. I think it was a deliberate choice; none of the characters seem aware of what they are doing except for Miss Landi, who sets out to marry Kirkland and frustrate his father in revenge.... and then gets caught in her own web.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

10 October 1932 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Undesirable Lady See more »

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