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Dark Passage (1947)

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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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27 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das unbekannte Gesicht  »

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Trivia

On at least one of the days in which the crew were filming Bogart's on-location scenes at the Golden Gate Bridge, more than 1,500 fans turned out to watch the filming process. See more »

Goofs

After Parry's bandages are removed, there are no stitches, bruises or facial swelling that always accompany plastic surgery. See more »

Quotes

[Vincent meets a discredited plastic surgeon]
Dr. Walter Coley: Ever see any botched plastic jobs? If a man like me didn't like a fellow... he could surely fix him up for life. Make him look like a bulldog, or a monkey. I'll make you look as if you've lived.
Vincent Parry: I have, doc.
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Someone to Watch Over Me
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Music by George Gershwin
Played on the phonograph when Parry comes downstairs
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Solid, If Offbeat, Crime/Noir Feature
1 December 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

While the least-known and, really, the least impressive of the Bogart/Bacall features, this is still a solid, if rather offbeat, movie that combines a film-noir atmosphere with a gimmick that is meant to drive most of the story. The gimmick works moderately well, though it is really just a diverting sideline to the main drama and acting, which are what really make the movie work.

The premise is interesting enough, at least for a while, and it is interesting to see just how long they can go without showing the face of Bogart's character. They might have stretched it out just a bit too long, since there is more than enough in the rest of the plot to make any further use of the device unnecessary. Bacall and Bogart work together well from the beginning. In itself, the pairing works almost as well here as in their three better-known movies together - it's just that here there is a less for them to work with.

The two stars do get plenty of help from Agnes Moorehead, who plays her role with relish. Tom D'Andrea and Bruce Bennett help out when they get the chance. Delmer Daves also creates a generally believable atmosphere to serve as the background to the story, and to help get it past the less plausible stretches. Overall, while hardly up to the high standard of the other Bogart/Bacall pairings, "Dark Passage" is a solid if unspectacular feature that is worth seeing if you like the stars and/or the genre.


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