Dark Passage

Dark Passage

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Director: Delmer Daves

Cast: Delmer Daves, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett

     
 

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Robert Montgomery's 1946 film Lady in the Lake attempted to tell the entire story with a "subjective camera": shooting the film from the point of view of the main character, with the camera acting as his "eyes." The first hour or so of Dark Passage does the same thing -- and the results are far more successful than

Overview

Robert Montgomery's 1946 film Lady in the Lake attempted to tell the entire story with a "subjective camera": shooting the film from the point of view of the main character, with the camera acting as his "eyes." The first hour or so of Dark Passage does the same thing -- and the results are far more successful than anything seen in Montgomery's film. Humphrey Bogart heads the cast as an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife's murder. After being forced to beat up a man (Clifton Young) from whom he's hitched a ride, Bogart hides out in the apartment of Lauren Bacall. With the help of friendly cabbie Tom D'Andrea, Bogart makes contact with sympathetic plastic surgeon Housley Stevenson, and with his new face (actually his old face, which we haven't seen during the first hour or so of the film) he seeks out Agnes Moorehead, the actual murderer. An extortion attempt by the man whom Bogart had earlier punched out slows down things a bit, but Bogie finally catches up with Moorehead. Curiously, Bogart is never completely cleared, but he is granted a happy ending of sorts when, to the strains of "Too Marvelous for Words," he and Bacall head for Peru to start life anew. Dark Passage is more interesting in its individual parts than its sum total, but it does manage to provide an new slant on the traditional Bogey-Bacall pairing.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This sturdy 1947 noir makes great use of its economical script, its San Francisco location shots, and its leads' well-established sexual chemistry. The winding hills, world-famous bridges, and prison proximity of the Bay Area are integral to the story, while the city's non-geographical features (its mixture of affluence and squalor, misfits and money men) provides plenty of fuel for the film's shadowy atmosphere. Humphrey Bogart inhabits his tight-lipped everyman, Vincent Parry, with typical aplomb, even in the first act when he's only a voice. Lauren Bacall, meanwhile, plays it more vulnerable than in To Have and Have Not, her lonely heiress acting out oedipal redemption scenarios that give the real-life couple's unlikely screen pairing more verisimilitude than usual. Character actors Bruce Bennett, Tom D'Andrea, and Houseley Stevenson turn in top-notch work as the friends both new and old who help Parry establish his new identity, while the performer who plays the villain (and will not be disclosed here) does a powerhouse job. Overseen by veteran writer/director Delmer Daves, Dark Passage is a less crowd-pleasing but darkly seductive entry in the Bogie and Bacall canon.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
UPC:
0012569676824
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
3,901

Special Features

Closed Caption; New making of featurette Hold Your Breath and Cross Your Fingers: The Story of Dark Passage; Classic Bugs Bunny cartoon Slick Hare; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Japanese, Chinese, Bahasa, Thai, & Korean (feature film only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Vincent Parry
Lauren Bacall Irene Jansen
Bruce Bennett Bob
Agnes Moorehead Madge Rapf
Tom D'Andrea Sam, Taxi Driver
Clifton Young Baker
Douglas Kennedy Detective
Rory Mallinson George Fellsinger
Houseley Stevenson Dr. Walter Coley
Mary Field Mary, the Lonely Woman
Richard "Hock" Walsh Policeman
Ramon Ros Waiter
Craig Lawrence Bartender
Ian MacDonald Policeman
Clancy Cooper Man on Street
Lennie Bremen Man
John Arledge Lonely Man
Tom Fadden Waiter in Cafe
Shimen Ruskin Driver-Watchman
Tom Reynolds Hotel Clerk
Michael Daves Child
John Alvin Blackie
Ross Ford Driver
Yannick Delulle Michele Martin
Luigi Pistilli Fausto
Anita Bolster Woman
Patrick McVey Taxi Driver

Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director,Screenwriter
Charles H. Clarke Art Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Dolph Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Wald Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
David Weisbart Editor
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dark Passage
1. Credits [1:23]
2. Fugitive Hitchhiker [4:30]
3. Lady to His Rescue [4:09]
4. Irene's Place [5:24]
5. Madge and Other Surprises [2:44]
6. The Kind Who Comes Back [2:37]
7. Smart About People [3:47]
8. Date With a Doctor [2:33]
9. Marital Memories [5:08]
10. Surgery [5:03]
11. Post-op Instructions [3:21]
12. Only One Place to Go [3:15]
13. Don't Argue [2:26]
14. Today's News [3:03]
15. Venal Visitors [5:25]
16. Unbelievable Truth [4:20]
17. His New Face [4:20]
18. The Way It Is [4:43]
19. Short Goodbye [2:44]
20. Curious Fellow [3:58]
21. Lost and Found [4:38]
22. Annoying Shakedown [4:12]
23. Changing Hands [3:17]
24. Baker's Fall [2:42]
25. The Pest Now [4:40]
26. Madge's Fall [3:01]
27. Something in Common [4:16]
28. Waiting for Her [1:50]
29. Their Song [1:57]
30. Cast List [:27]

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