A Lady Without Passport

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Joseph H. Lewis
Production: MGM
74 min

Application? How long i

have to wait this time?

Hungarian quota?

About 3 years.

3 years? I don't wait 3 years.

Let them wait

3 years, not me.

The spell is broken.

Now nobody will be

admitted today.

Oh, monsieur,

excuse me.

I, too, have just come from the embassy.


So many

so foolish laws.

So many facets.

I overheard


I view your problems

with great sympathy.

Save your sympathy.

Oh, well.

Oh, allow me,


Would you do me the honor

of having a drink with me?

You pay?

I drink.

You will like

what's offered here.

The usual.

Yes, i know how

a man like yourself

must resent those idiotic

regulations of the united states.

I resent them?

I spit on them.

Who are you?

I am palinov,

and this is

my humble home,

my business,

my hobby.

I don't think

much of it.

I am joseph gombush.





Are you, too,

a hungarian?

Ah, only when the occasion demands.

I'm a levantine.


I was brought to

your establishment by-

he was going to pay.

On the house.


I could hardly ask a new

friend to wash glasses

to pay

for his drink.

You are insulting.

Oh, i was joking.

Put it away.

I heard you speak

of the laws




the united states.

You overheard.

One overhears more

interesting things.

I will have another

of the same.

On the house.

You were saying.

One would think

i had enough to do

running the

gulf stream cafe,

but, no,

i had to be plagued

with a soft heart.

It's hardly


When i hear

of people

who want to enter

the united states,

i am moved.

And what do you do?

What can i do?


i put someone

in touch with a man

who might help him.

I would pay.

I wouldn't dream

of it.

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