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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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TOGETHER...AND TORRID AGAIN! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »


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La senda tenebrosa  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

The blackmailer advises Parry to escape to Mexico via a small border town called Benton, Arizona. The correct name is Benson. 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 Masters of Sex: Love and Marriage (2013) See more »

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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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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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