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The Yellow Ticket (1931)

A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the ... See full summary »


Raoul Walsh


Michael Morton (play), Jules Furthman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Elissa Landi ... Marya Kalish
Lionel Barrymore ... Baron Igor Andreeff
Laurence Olivier ... Julian Rolfe
Walter Byron ... Count Nikolai
Arnold Korff ... Grandfather Kalish
Mischa Auer ... Melchior
Edwin Maxwell ... Police Agent Boligoff
Rita La Roy ... Fania Rubinstein


A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the social crimes rampant in her country. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Modest maid, chaste, lovely...caught in a evil clutches of ignoble nobles...lured to luxury, branded by the sigh of shame. (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

30 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den Gula Biljetten See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie takes place from 1913 to August 4, 1914. See more »


The monoplane which spirits Marya and Rolfe out of Russia is of a much later date than 1914. See more »


Version of The Yellow Passport (1916) See more »

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Lionel Barrymore and Boris Karloff
26 November 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1931's "The Yellow Ticket" was adapted from a 1914 play set in 1913 Czarist Russia, with second billed Lionel Barrymore replacing younger brother John in the scenery chewing role of Baron Andreeff, persecuting the young Jewish beauty Marya Kalish (Elissa Landi), whose only means of travel is the Baron's dreaded 'yellow ticket,' branding this virginal schoolteacher a prostitute. 24 year old Laurence Olivier, in only his fourth feature (second in Hollywood), plays British newspaperman Julian Rolfe, who has spent two pleasant months in Russia, but now has his eyes opened to the degradations endured by Marya; his subsequent negative articles incur the wrath of the furious Baron. The luminous Elissa Landi would soon star in her best known vehicle, "The Sign of the Cross," and there are tiny parts for native Russians such as Mischa Auer and Michael Mark. Boris Karloff, just two films away from "Frankenstein," remains typecast as a lecherous drunken orderly, whose unwelcome ministrations get him arrested (his best lecherous drunk came 3 months earlier in "Five Star Final"). This was his third film working with Lionel Barrymore, co-starring in the 1926 silent "The Bells," and in 1929 directed by Lionel in "The Unholy Night."

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