Passport to Shame
|Passport to Shame|
|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 becomes embroiled in a life of prostitution. Pimp Nick meets Canadian Johnny and offers him money if he will marry a woman.
- 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
- Joan Sims as Miriam, Phone operator in the taxi office
- Michael Caine as Man getting married (uncredited)
- Anne Reid as Woman getting married (uncredited)
- Maurice Bush as client, dream sequence (uncredited)
- Emil Stemler as waiter (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.
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.
Filming began on 3 July 1958.
The film was also known as Visa to Shame and One Way Street.
The Los Angeles Times said "the picture is rather well done."
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."
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. "
- 'Room 43' Will Open Next Week Los Angeles Times 18 Sep 1959: A10.
- "Passport to Shame". Variety. 26 November 1958. p. 6.
- "BFI | Film & TV Database | PASSPORT TO SHAME (1958)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Advertisement". Variety. January 1959.
- "Hollywood Production Pulse". Variety. 6 August 1958. p. 20.
- 'Room 43' Exposes Adults Only Theme Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 24 Sep 1959: B7.
- Review of film Volume 26, No.302, March 1959, page 35 Monthly Film Bulletin
- Vagg, Stephen (7 September 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.