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Dark Passage (1947)

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A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

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Delmer Daves

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Delmer Daves (screen play by), David Goodis (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Vincent Parry
Lauren Bacall ... Irene Jansen
Bruce Bennett ... Bob
Agnes Moorehead ... Madge Rapf
Tom D'Andrea ... Cabby - Sam
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... Baker
Douglas Kennedy ... Detective Kennedy
Rory Mallinson ... George Fellsinger
Houseley Stevenson ... Dr. Walter Coley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alvin ... Blackie (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Bogart plays a man convicted of murdering his wife who escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence. Bogart finds that his features are too well known, and is forced to seek some illicit backroom plastic surgery. The entire pre-knife part of the film is shot from a Bogart's-eye-view, with us seeing the fugitive for the first time as he starts to recuperate from the operation in the apartment of a sympathetic young artist (played by Bacall) for whom he soon finds affection. But what he's really after is revenge. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das unbekannte Gesicht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $900 Vincent paid for his late wife's ring in the early 1940s is equal to about $13,000 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

During the final confrontation between Vincent Parry and Madge Rapf, she doesn't recognize him at first because he's had his face altered by plastic surgery. But she previously knew him well enough she should have recognized his voice immediately, even if it came from an unfamiliar face. See more »

Quotes

Baker: I learned some things that even I never knew before.
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Connections

Referenced in The Man with Bogart's Face (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played on the phonograph when Vincent is at Irene's apartment after the surgery
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That guy Baker was a "Little Rascal."
13 May 2006 | by copper1963See all my reviews

Sadly, or perhaps not, most condemned prisoners do not have a dame, a dude, and a plastic surgeon around to break their falls when they escape. But when Bogart busts out of the big house, San Quentin, the Good Samaritans start popping up like dandelions. His method of escape is to throw himself down a steep incline in a steel barrel. The cameraman rides tandem and becomes his eyes and point-of-view. Bogart hitches a ride with a nosy fellow I've seen before in the movies. He has deep-set eyes and a divot in his chin. Bogart quickly dispatches the mug to dreamland and ventures out into an uncertain landscape of creeps and coppers. Instead, Bogart catches a break: he discovers he has a groupie played by Lauren Bacall. She is out painting landscapes when she hears the bulletin over the radio. She knows everything about his case. She even sat in the courtroom during his trial. She felt he got a raw deal. The dude he meets is a close friend who plays the horn. He allows Bogart safe haven to rest. Incredibly, Bogart steps into the cab of yet another sympathetic character. The cabbie guides him to a doctor who wields a wild scalpel. Bogart's ex-flame also knows Bacall--and is a royal pain in the neck. The coincidences pile up higher than The Golden Gate Bridge. Bogie and Bacall may have more well known films on their resumes, but this one will keep a big fat smile on your face.


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