The Yellow Ticket
|The Yellow Ticket|
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||Raoul Walsh|
|Written by||Guy Bolton|
|Music by||Carli Elinor|
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Edited by||Jack Murray|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
The Yellow Ticket is a 1931 pre-Code American drama film based on the 1914 play of the same name by Michael Morton, produced by the Fox Film Corporation, and directed by Raoul Walsh. The film stars Elissa Landi and Lionel Barrymore and features Boris Karloff. It is also a noteworthy example of productions from the pre-Code era in that it includes brief nudity.
The original play, presented on Broadway, ran from January to June 1914 and starred Lionel's younger brother John Barrymore opposite Florence Reed. This film is the third American adaptation of the play. The first two are The Yellow Passport from 1916 and The Yellow Ticket from 1918. A German version, Der Gelbe Schein, was also filmed and released in 1918.
When martial law is declared in Russia, all Jews are restricted to their villages. The authorities are unsympathetic to Marya (Elissa Landi), who desperately wants to travel to St. Petersburg to see her dying father. Marya learns that a special card, called "the yellow ticket", is issued to prostitutes and allows them to travel freely.
Marya manages to get a yellow ticket. In St. Petersburg, Baron Andrey (Lionel Barrymore), a corrupt police official, prevents his lecherous nephew, Captain Nikolai, from forcing himself on Marya. She later meets Julian (Laurence Olivier), a British journalist, and tells him about injustices the government has kept him from learning about, including the yellow ticket. When Julian's articles are published, Andrey, a womanizer, guesses that Marya has been giving him information.
- Elissa Landi as Marya Kalish
- Lionel Barrymore as Baron Igor Andrey
- Laurence Olivier as Julian Rolfe
- Walter Byron as Count Nikolai
- Arnold Korff as Grandfather Kalish
- Mischa Auer as Melchior
- Edwin Maxwell as Police Agent
- Rita La Roy as Fania Rubinstein
- Sarah Padden as Mother Kalish
- Boris Karloff as Orderly
- Boris Karloff filmography
- Laurence Olivier on stage and screen
- The Yellow Passport (1916 film based on same play)
- The Yellow Ticket (1918 film)
- Der Gelbe Schein (1918 German film with Pola Negri; English titles The Yellow Ticket and The Devil's Pawn)
- The Black Pass (Czarna ksiazeczka, a 1915 lost Polish short by Aleksander Hertz also with Pola Negri)