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Dark Passage (1947)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 27 September 1947 (USA)
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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La senda tenebrosa  »

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1.37 : 1
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There is an 8x10 photo shown in the film of Humphrey Bogart's character before his face surgery. The actor's face in the photo is of character actor Frank Wilcox. See more »

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In the diner, a sign on the wall for the ham special says it includes "potatoes - salad - drink - and 'desert.'" (not 'dessert'). See more »

Quotes

Irene Jansen: [Taking off his bandages and revealing his face for the first time] Humphrey!
Vincent Parry: Baby!
Irene Jansen: Here's looking at you kid!
Vincent Parry: That's my line!
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Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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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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Dark Passage is a forgotten masterpiece
21 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dark Passage is a forgotten masterpiece and a personal favorite. Delmer Davies captures the 1940's magic of San Francisco from hill hugging wooden stairs to fog horns to shrouded atrium elevators to some of the best character acting I've ever seen. Tom D'Andrea and Housely Stephenson are wonderful as the so smart but so decent cabbie and the end of the dark ally plastic surgeon. Agnes Morehead is persistent annoyance morphed into utter villainy personified. She is nails scraped on a blackboard good and you can't take your eyes off her Madge. Becall and Bogie tie it together with fine understated grace. The flick ends and you want to go find that little beach front café in Peru.


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