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Dark Passage (1947)

Approved  |   |  Film-Noir, Thriller  |  27 September 1947 (USA)
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A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

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Bogart plays a man convicted of murdering his wife who escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence. Bogart finds that his features are too well known, and is forced to seek some illicit backroom plastic surgery. The entire pre-knife part of the film is shot from a Bogart's-eye-view, with us seeing the fugitive for the first time as he starts to recuperate from the operation in the apartment of a sympathetic young artist (played by Bacall) for whom he soon finds affection. But what he's really after is revenge. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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IN DANGER AS VIOLENT AS THEIR LOVE!!! (one-sheet poster) See more »


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27 September 1947 (USA)  »

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Das unbekannte Gesicht  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film in which Humphrey Bogart wore a full hairpiece. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after Vincent arrives at George's apartment he sits down. (During this point of the movie we can only see things from Vincent's point of view.) When we see George step over to the window, the night stand is at Vincent's 10 o'clock position. Immediately after George says he can give Vincent a spare house key, the nightstand is now at Vincent's 12 o'clock position. See more »

Quotes

Baker: I got the license number. I always had a good head for figures.
Vincent Parry: My only interest in your head is how easy it'll crack open.
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Soundtracks

Avalon
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Music by Vincent Rose
(based on "E lucevan le stelle" in the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini)
Played on the car radio at the beginning
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This is a GREAT MOVIE!!!
24 May 2000 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Bogart made three unforgettable landmark films: Maltese Falcon, Big Sleep, and Dark Passage. Of the three, Dark Passage is the least known, which is tragic, because it measures up to the other three and in many ways surpasses them for atmosphere, characterization and psychological mood. Based on a novel by David Goodis, who also wrote the novel that Shoot The Piano Player was based on, it hits top marks in rankings of films in the categories of Film Noir, Existentialism, Dostoyevskian outlook and Kafkan world-view. Filled with forever unforgettable scenes and quotable lines, heart-wrenching views of fog-bound 1940s San Francisco and characters who seem to be stand-ins for the all our own private inauspicious never-to-be famous or successful friends and acquaintances, it's a brilliant metaphor for that dying species: the "individual". Also, of all the Bogart/Bacall pairings, it was the softest, tenderest & most romantic. Movies like this should be on some kind of everybody's-required-viewing-list.


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