Passport to Shame

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Passport to Shame
Passport to Shame American poster.jpg
American theatrical release poster
Directed byAlvin Rakoff
Produced byJohn Clein
Written byPatrick Alexander
StarringDiana Dors
Herbert Lom
Eddie Constantine
Music byKen Jones
CinematographyJack Asher
Edited byLee Doig
United Co Productions
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
1958 (1958)
September 1959 (Los Angeles)[1]
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$180,000 [2]

Passport to Shame, also known as Room 43, is a 1958 British drama film directed by Alvin Rakoff, written by Patrick Alexander and starring Diana Dors and Herbert Lom.[3]


A French girl becomes embroiled in a life of prostitution. Pimp Nick meets Canadian Johnny and offers him money if he will marry a woman.



"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 introduced new talent, such as Michael Caine in an uncredited role, Jackie Collins, later an acclaimed novelist, and Joan Sims.

Nicolas Roeg, director of Don't Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth was the camera operator. Alvin Rakoff, a renowned television director, took on directing duties despite knowing that it would be an exploitation film because he wished to work in motion pictures.

This was Eddie Constantine's first English-language film.[4]

Filming began on 3 July 1958.[5]

The film was also known as Visa to Shame and One Way Street.


The Los Angeles Times said "the picture is rather well done."[6]

The Monthly Film Bulletin called it a "wildly incredible story" which "... must be the most wholeheartedly absurd prostitute drama yet. Motivations are mysterious and characterisations grotesque. Connoisseurs of the bizarre may relish some of the production's most ambitious moments."[7]

Variety said, "Though a familiar entry in characters and general action, it has a plus in fairly unfettered looks at prostitution in London and the workings of a white slave ring. It looks to have exploitation facets for Yank dualer chances and its “X” certificate in England should also help at the boxoffice. "[2]

Filmink thought Dors was better than the female lead.[8]


  1. ^ 'Room 43' Will Open Next Week Los Angeles Times 18 Sep 1959: A10.
  2. ^ a b "Passport to Shame". Variety. 26 November 1958. p. 6.
  3. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | PASSPORT TO SHAME (1958)". 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Advertisement". Variety. January 1959.
  5. ^ "Hollywood Production Pulse". Variety. 6 August 1958. p. 20.
  6. ^ 'Room 43' Exposes Adults Only Theme Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 24 Sep 1959: B7.
  7. ^ Review of film Volume 26, No.302, March 1959, page 35 Monthly Film Bulletin
  8. ^ Vagg, Stephen (7 September 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.

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