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

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.[2][3]


A French girl gets mixed up in a life of prostitution.



"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".[4]


  1. ^ 'Room 43' Will Open Next Week Los Angeles Times 18 Sep 1959: A10.
  2. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | PASSPORT TO SHAME (1958)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  3. ^ PASSPORT TO SHAME Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 26, Iss. 300, (Jan 1, 1959): 35.
  4. ^ 'Room 43' Exposes Adults Only Theme Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 24 Sep 1959: B7.

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