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directed by Joseph H. Lewis
USA 1950

 

When a Cuban man is killed on a New York street, the investigation leads to Havana and the man running an alien smuggling ring known as Palinov (George Macready). Pete Karczag (John Hodiak) is the immigration detective assigned to the case in Havana. To infiltrate the ring, he poses as a Hungarian refugee desperate to gain passage to America. While negotiating his trip he meets and falls for beautiful Marianne Lorress (Hedy Lamarr), who is also hoping to make the illegal journey. It’s a Latin dance with frequent lead changes as Palinov and Pete struggle for the upper hand and the attentions of Marianne. As tautly directed by noir specialist Joseph H. Lewis (My Name Is Julia Ross, Gun Crazy), the winner of this high-stakes game is unknown until the climactic finale on a fog-shrouded dock.

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Theatrical Release: 3 August 1950 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1.13.48
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:09)

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2010
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Chapters 8

 

Comments

A Lady Without Passport received its first DVD release from Warner Archive Collection in August. The single-layered progressive transfer is solid, although there are some speckles on the print. Hedy Lamarr looks gorgeous even running for her life in the swamps of Florida.

The English mono soundtrack is adequate, but there are no subtitles per standard of Warner Archive discs. We get an original theatrical trailer and the film is divided into 8 chapters, every 10 minutes. A very fine film noir from MGM studio directed by Joseph H. Lewis and a recommended DVD release from Warner Archive Collection.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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