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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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Ghostly Fingers Reach For Her In The Dark! See more »


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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 »

Goofs

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

Cleeve: Must be awful drowning in quicksand. Much worse than water. Water's cleaner at least, faster.
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Featured in Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest: Dark Waters (1970) See more »

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Atmospheric little film-noir
2 December 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

DARK WATERS is an engaging little movie with a great setting: the almost-deserted bayous of the American South, which provide a hostile backdrop to the hostile storyline. This is one of those descent-into-madness type movies, where you're never quite sure if the protagonist is losing his or her mind, or whether everyone really is out to get them. As such, it's one of the earliest variations on the theme I've seen.

The movie benefits from some strong players in the cast, notably Merle Oberon's lead, Leslie, who does the whole haunted-while-remaining-sympathetic thing very well. Franchot Tone, as the doctor who becomes involved in her case, is also very stalwart as a dependable hero type. Thomas Mitchell's villain has more than a touch of the Charles Laughtons about him, and of course there's a nice part for Elisha Cook Jr., too.

The story is quite slowly paced but it does take time to build the atmosphere and in the end it pays off with the doom-laden climax which finishes everything up as you would hope. As such films are usually all about the atmosphere, I think this one's readily up to the job.


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