Deported (film)

Deported is a 1950 American film noir crime film directed by Robert Siodmak starring Märta Torén and Jeff Chandler about an American gangster sent back to his home country who falls in love with a widowed countess.

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Directed byRobert Siodmak
Produced byRobert Buckner
Screenplay byRobert Buckner
Story byLionel Shapiro
Based onParadise Lost by Lionel Shapiro[1]
StarringMärta Torén
Jeff Chandler
Music byWalter Scharf
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byRalph Dawson
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 1, 1950 (1950-11-01) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$550,000 (est.)[2]


A U.S. gangster (Jeff Chandler) deported back to his native to Italy woos a countess (Märta Torén) in a plot to bring loot into the country.



The movie was originally called Paradise Lost '49 and was to star Dana Andrews, who had been in Sword in the Desert, also produced by Robert Buckner, Andrews became unavailable and Victor Mature and John Garfield were discussed as possible alternatives.[3]

Eventually the lead role was assigned to Jeff Chandler after he had impressed Universal Studios with his performance in Sword of the Desert, and his successful loanout to 20th Century Fox for Broken Arrow.[4] "I don't know why I got it," Chandler said of the role, joking that "maybe it's because I'm saving them money."[5]

Chandler had to secure a three-week leave of absence from Our Miss Brooks on radio to make the film.[6]

Much of the film was shot in Italy on location in Naples, Siena and Tuscany over five weeks in late 1949. Only two actors were imported from America, Chandler and Märta Torén, with the rest coming from either Italy or France.[7] Filming began early in 1950.[8][9]

Chandler's second daughter was born during the making of the film.[10]

Writer-producer Robert Buckner praised filming on location in Italy. He said Universal had set aside $300,000 in frozen currency to make the film, but he ended up using only $117,000. He said that if Chandler had not been required to return to the US to fulfil a radio commitment, requiring three weeks filming in a studio in Hollywood, another $100,000 could have been saved.[11]

The movie is said to be based on a famous Italian gangster, Lucky Luciano. Chandler denied this, saying the character he played was a small-time gangster, "and what happens after he lands is quite different from what happened to Luciano. I understand Luciano was really disappointed when our producer, Robert Buckner, mentioned this to him."[12]

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  1. MOVIELAND BRIEFS Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 Oct 1948: 9.
  2. HOLLYWOOD NOTES: BUCKNER PLANS SECOND FILM IN ITALY NEXT SPRING -- FOX BOWS OUT -- BOGART EXPLAINS By Thomas F. Brady "Hollywood." New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 18 Dec 1949: X5.
  3. Andrews in Israeli Film; Lupino Pacts New Stars; Duryea Goes Mean Again Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 28 Feb 1949: B5.
  4. Hopper, Hedda. "Looking at Hollywood Chicago", Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 08 Aug 1949: A2.
  5. BY WAY OF REPORT By A. H. WEILER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 Aug 1949: X3.
  6. AWARD OF 'OSCARS' SET FOR A THEATRE: RKO Pantages in Hollywood Is Donated to Film Academy for 1950 Presentations By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 06 Sep 1949: 24.
  7. 'Deported' Filmed in Italy By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass] 18 Nov 1949: 5.
  8. "Deported" Stars Leave for Italian Location Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 01 Jan 1950: E7.
  9. PROGRESS NOTE: On the Filming in Italy Of 'Deported' By HARRY NIEMEYER ROME.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 06 Nov 1949: X4
  10. Jeff Chandler Back to Greet New Baby Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 30 Oct 1949: A2.
  11. HOLLYWOOD NOTES: Buckner Plans Second Film in Italy Next Spring -- Fox Bows Out -- Bogart Explains By THOMAS F. BRADY HOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 18 Dec 1949: X5.
  12. Jeff Chandler Finally Gets to 'Act His Age': Rising Young (31) Screens Player Considers Himself 'a Lucky Kid' SCHEUER, PHLIP K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Oct 1950: D3.
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