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Dark Waters (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 21 November 1944 (USA)
A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)

Writers:

Francis M. Cockrell (original story) (as Frank Cockrell), Marian B. Cockrell (original story) (as Marian Cockrell) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Leslie Calvin
Franchot Tone ... Dr. George Grover
Thomas Mitchell ... Mr. Sydney
Fay Bainter ... Aunt Emily
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Cleeve
John Qualen ... Uncle Norbert
Rex Ingram ... Pearson Jackson
Nina Mae McKinney ... Florella
Odette Myrtil ... Mama Boudreaux (as Odette Myrtle)
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Papa Boudreaux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Minor Role (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Leslie Calvin, traumatized from being the only survivor of a torpedo attack on the ship she was traveling by, eagerly accepts her aunt and uncle's invitation to go live with them on a nice quiet estate. But when she arrives at the train station, no one is there to meet her and she is unable to ignore the feeling that something is terribly off. Is she slowly going mad or is there something darker going on? Written by Sam Goldberg <sgoldberg@wesleyan.edu>

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Was love or madness to be her fate? See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Águas Tenebrosas See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 27, 1944 with Merle Oberon and Thomas Mitchell reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

As Leslie Calvin enters the front porch area, Cleeve empties his pipe and places it in the breast pocket of his jacket with the bowl of the pipe protruding above the pocket line. Later on the tour of the plantation as Mr. Sydney passes by Cleeve, the pipe is gone, but in the next shot just seconds after Mr. Sydney has walked a few steps away, the pipe is again clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Calvin: Why did they pull me out of the water? That's where I belong - under the water with my mother and father!
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Featured in Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest: Dark Waters (1970) See more »

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suspenseful drama
12 August 2008 | by mb_cine_filmsSee all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was about 12 years old and it scared the living daylights out of me. I saw it again recently on a nice DVD with a print from the UCLA archives and enjoyed it once more with less of the initial reaction of a 12 year old.

There are a number of elements in this productions favour.

The setting of the swamps and the remote plantation provide generous doses of eeriness for starters.

Oberon, whose star was on the decline, is perfect with her very British genteelness and performance of a woman in a vulnerable state. We are given indicators (such as the her discarded telegram) early on, that all is not well - she thinks she in going deeper into madness. She pulls this off very well.

I am a huge fan of the orchestral scoring during this period, however the lack of it here, and instead lots of sounds of the swamps, adds generously to the suspense, in addition to a number of nighttime shots.

The directors montage at the start of the film is a perfect and dramatic beginning to one of the sleeper suspense films of the period.


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