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Dark Waters (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 1944 (UK)
A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.


(as Andre de Toth)


(original story) (as Frank Cockrell), (original story) (as Marian Cockrell) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Aunt Emily
Uncle Norbert
Pearson Jackson
Odette Myrtil ...
Mama Boudreaux (as Odette Myrtle)
Eugene Borden ...
Papa Boudreaux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leigh Whipper ...
Minor Role (unconfirmed)


Leslie Calvin, the sole survivor of a submarine accident, goes to her relatives in order to recover emotionally. Unfortunately she encounters various scam artists led by Mr. Sydney who intend to kill her and steal the family assets. Dr. George Grover helps Leslie to defeat Sydney. Written by Sam Goldberg <sgoldberg@wesleyan.edu>

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1944 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Águas Tenebrosas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 27, 1944 with Merle Oberon and Thomas Mitchell reprising their film roles. See more »


As Leslie Calvin enters the front porch area, Cleeve empties his pipe and places it in the breast pocket of his jacket with the bowl of the pipe protruding above the pocket line. Later on the tour of the plantation as Mr. Sydney passes by Cleeve, the pipe is gone, but in the next shot just seconds after Mr. Sydney has walked a few steps away, the pipe is again clearly visible. See more »

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And quicksand
8 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Merle Oberon (Leslie) is a traumatized survivor of a sinking ship and Dr Alan Napier recommends that she goes to recuperate with her uncle and aunt on a plantation in the Louisiana swamps. Her mother and father have not survived the sea tragedy and she is loaded. However, she has never met her aunt or uncle. Does the visit do her any good……? Is her trauma sending her over the edge…?

Is everything as it seems in this film? No, it isn't but I don't think that it is the intention of the director to hide this. Perhaps this film could have been more suspenseful but the story still grips and has tense moments as we follow Oberon's awakening to what is going on around her. In fact, it is quite a rewarding moment when we watch her realize that things are not right. Thankfully, she has strength to take the situation on as opposed to crumble as a victim.

The cast are all good with the exception of that forever unconvincing loser that is Elisha Cooke Jr. In this film, he plays, once again, a heavy. How!!?? He's about 2 foot high, scrawny and more like a gimp than a threatening presence to anybody living in the real world. However, yet again, he turns up in a pretty decent film - see also "Phantom Lady" (1944), "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941) and "The Maltese Falcon" (1941). Check out "The Lodger" for another good film from this year starring Merle Oberon.

"Dark Waters" is a better film than I remembered it as being when I saw it around 10 years ago and so I recommend a viewing.

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