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Dark Passage -- Bogart and Bacall in this classic trailer

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Director:
Writers:
Delmer Daves (screenplay)
David Goodis (novel)
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Release Date:
27 September 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Two Of A Kind ! Tough . . . Torrid . . . Terrific ! See more »
Plot:
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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Saving Face See more (116 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Viveca Lindfors was considered for the role of Irene Jansen.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Vincent Parry wore his bandages on his face for over two weeks but only had about two days of beard growth. The human male beard would grow about 3/4 to a inch in over two weeks on average for a man like Parry.See more »
Quotes:
Irene Jansen:[seeing Vincent after he shaves] It's unbelievable. but it's good. I think I even like you better.
Vincent Parry:Well, don't let it give you any ideas.
Irene Jansen:What kind?
Vincent Parry:Don't change yours. I like it just as it is.
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Soundtrack:
AvalonSee more »

FAQ

How did Baker track Vincent to Irene's house?
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53 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Saving Face, 18 July 2004
Author: Ben_Cheshire from Oz

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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