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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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La senda tenebrosa  »

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Dane Clark: voice on radio when the escaped Vincent Parry is riding in the car. See more »

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

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Cabby: A couple weeks ago I picked up a dame in my cab, she musta had her face lifted by one of them quacks. She got caught in the rain, and the whole thing dropped down to here. She shoulda left it unlifted.
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I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played on the phonograph when Vincent is at Irene's apartment after the surgery
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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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