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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.

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(as Andre de Toth)

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(original story) (as Frank Cockrell), (original story) (as Marian Cockrell) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Leslie Calvin
... Dr. George Grover
... Mr. Sydney
... Aunt Emily
... Cleeve
... Uncle Norbert
... Pearson Jackson
... Florella
... Mama Boudreaux (as Odette Myrtle)
Eugene Borden ... Papa Boudreaux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leigh Whipper ... Minor Role (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Leslie Calvin, the sole survivor of a submarine accident, goes to her relatives in order to recover emotionally. Unfortunately she encounters various scam artists led by Mr. Sydney who intend to kill her and steal the family assets. Dr. George Grover helps Leslie to defeat Sydney. Written by Sam Goldberg <sgoldberg@wesleyan.edu>

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


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21 November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Águas Tenebrosas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"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

At dinner, when Cleeve is first introduced to Leslie Calvin, he is seen standing up as he politely helps her take her seat at the table. A split-second later he is already seated himself, eating soup. See more »

Quotes

Cleeve: Must be awful drowning in quicksand. Much worse than water. Water's cleaner at least, faster.
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suspenseful drama
12 August 2008 | by See 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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