The Captain from Köpenick, also known as I Was a Criminal and Passport to Heaven, is a 1941 American comedy film directed by Richard Oswald and based upon the play The Captain of Köpenick by Carl Zuckmayer and Albright Joseph. The play was based on the true story of Wilhelm Voigt, a German ex-convict who masqueraded as a Prussian military officer in 1906 and became famous as the Captain of Köpenick.
Shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt is released from prison after many years of hard labor. His freedom is new to him and, as he tries to navigate this strange new world, he promptly finds himself in the midst of a Prussian catch-22: To get a residence permit (passport), he must have a job, but he can only get a job if he has a residence permit. No one in the Prussian-German bureaucracy feels compelled to help him, everything must go by the book. To escape this vicious circle, out of desperation Voigt breaks into a police station to forge the much needed permit.