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One Way Passage (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 October 1932 (USA)
A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Wilson Mizner (screen play), Joseph Jackson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Dan Hardesty
Kay Francis ... Joan Ames
Aline MacMahon ... Betty
Frank McHugh ... Skippy
Warren Hymer ... Steve Burke
Frederick Burton ... The Doctor
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Storyline

Suave Dan Hardesty, a convicted murderer, is apprehended by Steve Burke, a police detective, in Hong Kong and accompanied on the SS Maloa headed for San Francisco. On board, Dan romances Joan Ames, a terminally ill socialite. She is unaware that his ultimate destination is San Quentin. Both realize that their time together is fleeting so they make a pact to meet at a Mexican night club on New Years Eve. When they part in San Francisco they know that the odds are against them. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

Strangers may love- lovers may part...at the port of hell! You can't buy a return trip from the port of forbidden love- you must live with abandon- daringly- passionately! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 13 October 1932) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The final scene reveals the fate of June and Dan. The New Year is being celebrated at an establishment named Agua Caliente. As the lead characters departed the ship, they knew they were in quite a predicament. Consequently, the English translation of agua caliente is hot water. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Dan and Joan meet at a bar and toast one another, keep an eye on Dan's drink. (It's a rare concoction that appears cloudy when first poured.) There are many shots spliced together to show the ensuing dialogue and toast. In each, the cloudiness and quantity of Dan's drink change quite noticeably after a fateful spill and before he even takes a sip. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hong Kong Bartender: [mixing a very complex drink] I haven't made one of these since the fourth of July. I was making one when the quake hit Frisco. Believe me friend, I wouldn't go to all this trouble for any of these foreigners. Uh, uh, gotta wait a minute to let the oil sink in. There you are partner, you can tell your grandchildren about that one.
Dan: [before Dan can take a sip, the contents of the glass are knocked out of his hand by Joan backing into him] Say what in the name of...
Joan: Why... I'm so sorry.
Dan: ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening title card has a cruise ship in the background. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #8.3 (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(1908) (uncredited)
Written by Queen Liliuokalani
Played and sung as the ship is leaving Honolulu
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User Reviews

Luminous
27 September 2003 | by shoffnerSee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie on television and loved it. It is a beautiful love story, simply told. Kay Francis and William Powell are the doomed lovers and the Warner Brothers stock company provides excellent support. The contributions here by Aline MacMahon, Frank McHugh and Warren Hymer are especially worth noting. The cinematography shimmers. It's a four hanky tearjerker like they don't make anymore. I agree with the previous post, it's dreamlike perfection and the last scene is one for the books.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.S. Atlantic See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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