Passport to Shame
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|Passport to Shame|
American theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alvin Rakoff|
|Produced by||John Clein|
|Written by||Patrick Alexander|
|Music by||Ken Jones|
|Edited by||Lee Doig|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
|Running time||86 minutes|
A French girl gets mixed up in a life of prostitution.
PRODUCTION “This was not a low budget film,” said director Alvin Rakoff, “this was a lowest budget film.” When the lighting cut-out during a key scene, the filming had to continue. The film itself is remarkable for the introduction of new talent. Michael Caine in a role so small he is not credited. He had, like Sean Connery and others, previously worked as walk-ons with the director. Jackie Collins, later an acclaimed novelist and the sister of Joan, played one of many prostitutes. The appearance of Joan Sims, also un-credited. Nicolas Roeg, director of Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, etc., was the camera operator. Alvin Rakoff, a renowned television director, was keen to break the then heavily-imposed glass ceiling between the small screen and feature films. He therefore accepted the assignment knowing it to be an exploitation film.
POST PRODUCTION In an un-usual listing of opening credits, the producer John Clein, is the last name to appear rather than the director. “His ego was larger than his talent,” wryly said director Alvin Rakoff.
- Diana Dors as Vicki
- Herbert Lom as Nick Biaggi
- Eddie Constantine as Johnny McVey
- Odile Versois as Marie Louise 'Malou' Beaucaire
- Brenda De Banzie as Aggie
- Robert Brown as Mike
- Elwyn Brook-Jones as Solicitor Heath
- Jackie Collins as English girl
- Lana Morris as Girl
- Steve Plytas as French Restaurant Manager
- Cyril Shaps as Willie
- Denis Shaw as Mac
- Margaret Tyzack as June, Heath's secretary
- Michael Caine as Man getting married (uncredited)
- Joan Sims as Miriam, Phone operator in the taxi office (uncredited)
- "BFI | Film & TV Database | PASSPORT TO SHAME (1958)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
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