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Dark Passage -- Humphrey Bogart is Vincent Parry, a prison escapee framed for murder who
emerges from plastic surgery with a new face. Lauren Bacall is Irene
Jansen, Vincent's lone ally.
Dark Passage -- Bogart and Bacall in this classic trailer


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Delmer Daves (screenplay)
David Goodis (novel)
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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 (screenplay)

David Goodis (novel "Dark Passage")

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
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 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Norway:16 | UK:15 (1988) | UK:A (1947) (cut) | USA:Approved (PCA #12248) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Between the film's unorthodox "first person perspective" and Humphrey Bogart's negative press from his support of the Committee for the First Amendment established in the face of the hearings being done by the House Un-American Activities Committee led to the film having a poor performance at the box office.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the diner, a sign on the wall for the ham special says it includes "potatoes - salad - drink - and 'desert.'" (not 'dessert').See more »
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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Movie Connections:
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53 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Saving Face, 18 July 2004

Bogey is an escaped prisoner. Bacall helps him stay escaped. To maintain his anonymity he has a face-change operation.

It is a gimmick film, but the gimmick doesn't just serve its own purpose - it highlights a theme of faces, and what faces tell you about the person beneath.

You can tell when something is being explored onscreen for the first time - its done more thoroughly and more excitedly than it ever will again. Think back to that first film about the phenomenon of email (Disclosure) or the internet (The Net), or what about the first film exploring chronology-changes (Citizen Kane) or hide-the-protagonist (The Third Man), or the excitement of acting (Streetcar Named Desire). That initial excitement is never really matched again - after that it becomes just another device, or a reference. The thing here is partly first-person narration (this came out the same year as Lady in the Lake), but wholly plastic surgery, the idea of changing your appearance.

First-person narration is actually quite rare in cinema. Lady in the Lake is one of the only examples where they stick with it for an entire picture, resorting to gimmicks like having Robert Montgomery looking in a mirror. Its used to great effect in the first half of Dark Passage, in order to hide Bogart's face. It was partly mechanical. Its a face-change movie. Instead of starting with Bogart and changing his face to a different actor, they wanted to pretend he looked like a different person (which we only see in a few photographs), and then after the operation he just looks like Bogart. But what the device of hiding his face does is create suspense, and focus on the issue of faces, which is a recurring theme throughout.

And it works to the positive for this film: what's the best way to hide someone's face? Put us behind their eyes! You never see your own face unless you're looking in the mirror. So until his operation, we see through Bogey's eyes - and the result is quite cinematic. It really frees up the movie, unshackling it from the static trappings of most studio pictures of this era. Instead of us just looking on from the edge of a set, which ends up looking like a stage, we're really taken into the action - its marvellous!

And, to save the best till last - Bacall absolutely burns up the screen in this. She sets the celluloid on fire. Any single shot of her in this movie is magic. Just being onscreen and being magic, its the definition of the X-factor.

9/10. What a star-vehicle for Bogey. This was his Third Man. And Bacall is sensational!

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