Passport to Shame
|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|
United Co Productions
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
September 1959 (Los Angeles)
A French girl gets mixed up in a life of prostitution.
- 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)
"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.
The Los Angeles Times said "the picture is rather well done".
- 'Room 43' Will Open Next Week Los Angeles Times 18 Sep 1959: A10.
- "BFI | Film & TV Database | PASSPORT TO SHAME (1958)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- PASSPORT TO SHAME Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 26, Iss. 300, (Jan 1, 1959): 35.
- 'Room 43' Exposes Adults Only Theme Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 24 Sep 1959: B7.
- Passport to Shame on IMDb
- Passport to Shame at Screenonline
- Passport to Shame at BFI
- Passport to Shame at TCMDB
- Passport to Shame at Letterbox DVD
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