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Dark Passage -- Bogart and Bacall in this classic trailer


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Delmer Daves (screen play by)
David Goodis (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
27 September 1947 (USA) See more »
Two Of A Kind ! Tough . . . Torrid . . . Terrific ! See more »
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Vincent Parry

Lauren Bacall ... Irene Jansen

Bruce Bennett ... Bob

Agnes Moorehead ... Madge Rapf
Tom D'Andrea ... Cabby (Sam)
Clifton Young ... Baker

Douglas Kennedy ... Detective Kennedy

Rory Mallinson ... George Fellsinger

Houseley Stevenson ... Dr. Walter Coley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Alvin ... Blackie (scenes deleted)

John Arledge ... Lonely Man (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Bus Ticket Clerk (uncredited)

Clancy Cooper ... Man on Street Seeking Match (uncredited)
Deborah Daves ... Child with Aunt Mary (uncredited)
Michael Daves ... Michael (uncredited)

Vince Edwards ... Cop at Tollbooth (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Diner Counterman Serving Parry (uncredited)
Bob Farber ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Aunt Mary (uncredited)

Ross Ford ... Ross (uncredited)
Craig Lawrence ... Bartender (uncredited)

Ian MacDonald ... Cop in Bus Depot (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer ... Man (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Impatient Cabbie (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Theatre Usher in Trailer (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Tom Reynolds ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Ramon Ros ... Waiter (uncredited)
Shimen Ruskin ... Driver Hitting Kennedy (uncredited)

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Woman (uncredited)
Jo Stafford ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
Writing credits
Delmer Daves (screen play by)

David Goodis (from the novel by)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
Film Editing by
David Weisbart 
Art Direction by
Charles H. Clarke 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl  (as William Kuehl)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects photography (as H.F. Koenekamp)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernard Newman .... wardrobe
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangements
William Lava .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (1988) | UK:A (1947) (cut) | USA:Approved (PCA #12248) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

The first film in which Humphrey Bogart wore a full hairpiece.See more »
Continuity: Dr. Coley tells Vincent to sleep flat on his back, but when Irene enters the bedroom where he's sleeping, it's clear he slept with a pillow.See more »
Vincent Parry:You know, it's wonderful when guys like you lose out. Makes guys like me think maybe we got a chance in this world.See more »
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Any recommendations for other movies like 'Dark Passage'?
How far into the movie do we first see Bogart's face as Parry?
Did Madge accidentally fall out the window or did she commit suicide?
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Existential Interiorization: Quite Unique, 6 August 2015
Author: Light Sword Of The Protector from Kneeling In The Light

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This is a one of a kind treasure from the Bogie library. The entire first half of the movie is shot like you are inside of Bogie looking through his eyes. It has been imitated but never equaled. Starting from his exciting escape from San Quentin; with many close calls, that are both realistic and suspenseful, you need to have this in your library. You might think after Becall gets Parry back in her apartment it gets boring but no way. She has a plethora of visitors always almost catching Bogie. Bennett her old boyfriend, Madge played by the human tarantula Agnes Morehead; villains define the success or failure of movies, what till you get a load of her, what a sweetie. The plastic surgeon bit, ripped of in Minority Report, shamelessly, is done much better and believably here without all the crap of that overrated Stevie picture. As he hides out, they develop the characters and a believable romance builds between the two of them. This is the genius of the movie, it uses the stuck together Becall and Bogie to deepen the characters and provide real emotional connection to the burgeoning romance.

After he gets the bandages off, we switch back to the standard outside spectator point of view. I missed the novelty of being inside of Bogie; it is such a stroke of genius. How else to deepen your connection with him then to look through his eyes outside into the world? There are plenty of surprises with the jerk who gave Bogie a ride stalking him and trying to shake him down. If you know Bogie, this is never a very good idea. Also, Bogie has a showdown with the Black Widow villain of the movie Agnes Morehead. I will not spoil it for you the scene is well written and completely unpredictable; this is always the mark of a good screenplay: unexpected events. The film was attacked for spending too much time with Bogie hiding out with Becall, please, this develops their romance. The movie really is truly a romance but even I, a philosopher, enjoyed it. The romance is believable given their being trapped together. It is never maudlin or unbelievable. There are plenty of surprises and twists in this script; I have all of Bogie's movies; this is one of the ones I watch over and over. It is such a unique one of a kind movie.

Looking out at the world through Bogie's eyes; experiencing what he goes through is so existentially powerful. It makes you really sympathize with him. It is like no movie you have ever seen before. A Real Classic.

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