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Passport to Destiny (1944)

A British cleaning woman believes a glass eye has magical powers that will protect her from harm. She travels from London to Berlin and manages to obtain a job as a cleaning woman at Hitler's headquarters. However, her assassination plan is foiled. But, she and other secret agents manage to escape to London during RAF bombing raid of the Reich Chancery.

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Muriel Roy Bolton (original screenplay), Val Burton (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elsa Lanchester ... Ella Muggins
Gordon Oliver ... Capt. Franz von Weber
Lenore Aubert ... Grete Neumann
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Sturmfuehrer Karl Dietrich
Fritz Feld ... Chief Janitor
Joseph Vitale ... Lt. Bosch
Gavin Muir ... Herr Joyce / Lord Haw-Haw
Lloyd Corrigan ... Prof. Frederick Walthers
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Agnes (as Anita Bolster)
Lydia Bilbrook Lydia Bilbrook ... Millie
Lumsden Hare ... Freighter Captain Mack
Hans Schumm ... Miniger, Dietrich's Aide
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Storyline

A British cleaning woman believes a glass eye has magical powers that will protect her from harm. She travels from London to Berlin and manages to obtain a job as a cleaning woman at Hitler's headquarters. However, her assassination plan is foiled. But, she and other secret agents manage to escape to London during RAF bombing raid of the Reich Chancery.

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Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magnificent Adventure See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rudolf Hess was a Nazi official, a deputy to Adolf Hitler, who flew to the UK in 1941 in an attempt to broker a peace. See more »

Goofs

The title on the door under Karl Dietrich's name - Sturmfuehrer - was the lowest commissioned officer rank, equivalent to a second lieutenant. It's inconceivable such a low-ranking officer would have such a large office in the Reich Chancellery next to Goebbels' and Himmler's. Additionally, that rank was obsolete after 1934 in the SS, and the character wears an SS uniform and collar tabs of a Standartenfürer - the equivalent of a colonel. See more »

Quotes

Millie: I do think it's a bit thick carrying your implements back and forth with you Mrs Muggins. Can't say it adds to people's respect for us either.
Agnes: She's quite right Ella - there is no need to advertise that we're cleaning ladies.
Ella Muggins: Stop it you two. To do my job properly I need the proper tools. In the second place, are you suggesting that we're doing work that we ought to be ashamed off? I'm proud of my profession, I am - that's why I'm right at the top: cleaning out the office of the head of the ...
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Crazy Credits

To Families And Friends Of Men And Women In Our Armed Forces. The picture you have just seen is being shown in combat areas overseas with the compliments of the American Motion Picture Industry. See more »

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Elsa the Lioness
13 June 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

I would have love to have known what Dr.Goebbels would have made of this incredible piece of wartime propaganda about a patriotic cockney cleaning lady from Camberwell who in a twist similar to 'DOA' is emboldened by the possession of a Magic Eye formerly in the possession of her late husband which she believes makes her indestructible, and thus sets off for Berlin to assassinate Hitler (where everyone conveniently speaks in English and she avoids exposure by passing herself off as a deaf mute).

As usual, Hollywood has strange ideas about the way the Nazi hierarchy functioned; and this version would have us believe that Himmler's office was located directly opposite Hitler's in the Chancellery, with Goebbels' cosily adjacent. William Joyce - as portrayed by the ever urbane Gavin Muir - according to this account has the run of the place, but seems to have little time for his Nazi minders nor they for him.

It's all complete nonsense, done on a shoestring; but it lifts the spirits to see the gorgeous Elsa Lanchester for her only time in Hollywood cast in the lead (she had starred in a few short silent comedies back in blighty fifteen years earlier) and she rises to the occasion with a gusto that amply makes up for the general shabbiness of the rest of the production.


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