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Forbidden Passage (1941)

The MGM Crime Reporter introduces Frank J. Maxwell, Florida District Director of the US Immigration Service, who talks about illegal immigration, and the unscrupulous people and ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Carl Dudley (original story), Carl Dudley (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Addison Richards ... Frank J. Maxwell
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Otto Kestler
Hugh Beaumont ... Clements
George Lessey ... American Consul in Lisbon
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Storyline

The MGM Crime Reporter introduces Frank J. Maxwell, Florida District Director of the US Immigration Service, who talks about illegal immigration, and the unscrupulous people and organizations that smuggle in illegal immigrants for a fee, often with deadly results to the immigrants if they become a liability. In one such case, wrapped bodies are found at the bottom a Florida swamp, found to be dumped while the victims were still alive. One victim is identified as Pablo Rivas, a foreigner who had previously lived in the US, but was sent back to Portugal where he was placed on a quota waiting list for permanent reentry. Because the dead were a mixture of different races, Immigration Services believes the smugglers have a Caribbean transit camp used as the direct entry point into the US. Meanwhile, Otto Kestler, an Austrian national, is much in the same position as Rivas, he now on a waiting list for reentry to join his family already living in the States. Not willing to wait the year the... Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay (1940-1941 season) #4: Forbidden Passage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Seaman Aboard Tugboat: All right, now, gag her.
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Connections

Followed by The Last Installment (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Siboney
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
Played in the bar offscreen on piano
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Crime doesn't pay?
9 August 2006 | by Prof-Hieronymos-GrostSee all my reviews

This is one of five crime shorts on the Warner Bros Classic Noir collection 3,that goes under the banner of "Crime doesn't pay",so what you are getting is basically a Government propaganda film that details the smuggling of illegal aliens into the US from Europe via Central America. The US customs sets up a sting operation involving under cover agents and follows would be illegals on board the ship to Florida, its a well made film with some gruesome moments when the smugglers try and get rid of the "Live Illegals" when customs challenge them and that is basically the message of the film "Don't try and gain illegal entry, it could just cost you your life"


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