Dark Passage (1947) Poster



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The first film in which Humphrey Bogart wore a full hairpiece.
The actual Art Deco apartment building used in the film (located at 1360 Montgomery St in San Francisco) is still standing as of December, 2008. The actual apartment is marked by a cardboard cut-out of Humphrey Bogart, which can be seen from the street. The site is visited frequently by fans of vintage film noir.
The third of four films made by husband and wife Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Humphrey Bogart's complete uncovered face is not seen clearly until 62 minutes into the movie, when his character finally removes his bandages and looks into a mirror. All previous scenes with the character are either shown from his point of view or have his face obscured with shadows or bandages.
Warner Brothers studio head Jack L. Warner was not pleased to discover that the face of one of his biggest stars, Humphrey Bogart, is not seen for the first half of the movie. But the time Warner knew this, the film was too far along to be changed.
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.
There is an 8x10 photo shown in the film of Humphrey Bogart's character before his face surgery. The actor's face in the photo is of character actor Frank Wilcox.
The playing on the phonograph of "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" as Vincent is recuperating at Irene's apartment after his surgery may have been an arcane wink to the audience. It was used in the previous Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movie The Big Sleep (1946), when Vivian Rutledge (Bacall) paid off Marlowe (Bogart) at the gambling joint-nightclub.
On at least one of the days in which the crew were filming Humphrey Bogart's on-location scenes at the Golden Gate Bridge, more than 1,500 fans turned out to watch the filming process.
Warner Bros. paid $25,000 for the rights to the David Goodis novel, which was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post from July 20-September 7, 1946.
When Vincent Parry looks at Irene Jansen's scrapbook he sees a newspaper clipping about her father dying in prison, having been convicted of killing his wife, Irene's mother. The photo in the clipping is of Delmer Daves, the director of the film.
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Viveca Lindfors was considered for the role of Irene Jansen.
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B & B's 4 movies together were 1944 To Have and Have Not, 1946 The Big Sleep, This film (Dark Passage) in 1947, & 1948 Key Largo.
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Dane Clark: voice on radio when the escaped Vincent Parry is riding in the car.

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