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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Águas Tenebrosas See more »

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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 »

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Dr. George Grover drives Leslie Calvin to Rossignol in his car. As the car makes a left turn as it passes the camera it is clear that Leslie Calvin is driving the car, whereas in the following shot Dr. Grover is driving his car. 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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And quicksand
8 September 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Merle Oberon (Leslie) is a traumatized survivor of a sinking ship and Dr Alan Napier recommends that she goes to recuperate with her uncle and aunt on a plantation in the Louisiana swamps. Her mother and father have not survived the sea tragedy and she is loaded. However, she has never met her aunt or uncle. Does the visit do her any good……? Is her trauma sending her over the edge…?

Is everything as it seems in this film? No, it isn't but I don't think that it is the intention of the director to hide this. Perhaps this film could have been more suspenseful but the story still grips and has tense moments as we follow Oberon's awakening to what is going on around her. In fact, it is quite a rewarding moment when we watch her realize that things are not right. Thankfully, she has strength to take the situation on as opposed to crumble as a victim.

The cast are all good with the exception of that forever unconvincing loser that is Elisha Cooke Jr. In this film, he plays, once again, a heavy. How!!?? He's about 2 foot high, scrawny and more like a gimp than a threatening presence to anybody living in the real world. However, yet again, he turns up in a pretty decent film - see also "Phantom Lady" (1944), "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941) and "The Maltese Falcon" (1941). Check out "The Lodger" for another good film from this year starring Merle Oberon.

"Dark Waters" is a better film than I remembered it as being when I saw it around 10 years ago and so I recommend a viewing.


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