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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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Warner Brothers studio head Jack L. Warner was not pleased to discover that the face of one of his biggest stars, Humphrey Bogart, is not seen for the first half of the movie. But the time Warner knew this, the film was too far along to be changed. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, part of the canvas over the truck is attached. Next shot it is all free. See more »

Quotes

Bob: I never met Parry. But I know psychologically he's no killer. He was just dumb.
Madge Rapf: What makes you think *you're* so smart. All you know is T-squares and drafting boards and not even much about them or anything else!
Bob: We've been through all of that before! A couple of hundred thousand times. A couple of hundred thousand years ago when I was a monkey and thought I wanted to marry you.
Madge Rapf: I could say plenty!
Bob: That's very true. Even Parry must have enough sense by this time to stay away from that...
Madge Rapf: [...]
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Referenced in Hamlet (2000) 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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