Dark Passage

Dark Passage

DVD - 1947
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A man wrongfully accused of his wife's murder escapes from prison to find the real killer.
Publisher: 1947
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9781419817656
1419817655
Branch Call Number: DVD F DAR

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Nursebob
Jun 05, 2017

A study in Film Noir overkill, Delmer Daves’ film takes an already convoluted plot and peppers it with so many Hail Mary coincidences you get the impression the ending would have been the same had Parry simply sat in a coffeeshop and let the solution come to him instead. And the first person POV camerawork which dominates the first hour, obviously meant to show the world through Parry’s eyes without revealing his face, proves ultimately distracting as the cast self-consciously deliver their lines directly into the lens. But the wonderfully theatrical script manages to play it straight and there is no mistaking the screen chemistry between Bogart and Bacall as they slowly gravitate towards each other’s arms. However, it is Agnes Moorehead’s over-the-top portrayal of a screeching virago intent on making everyone’s life miserable that ultimately brings the house down. The scenes of 1940’s San Francisco are nice too.

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ThomasJWhiting
May 25, 2016

GOOD 1947 b/w film noir set in San Francisco. There are a couple of odd film twists - like not seeing Bogart until he's had his facial plastic surgery, instead there is a lot of point of view film.
I rather enjoyed Agnes Moorehead's performance.
It's a good film, but a little overly stylish - for my tastes.

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frishta
Sep 26, 2014

Great Bogart and Bacall noir film. Interesting architecture see then and now pix if Irene's apartment at:
http://reelsf.com/reelsf/dark-passage-irenes-apartment

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garycornell
Sep 11, 2014

Humphrey Bogart was a lucky man on the set of "Dark Passage". He was to play Vincent Parry who was is innocent of killing his wife and escaped jail. He is hiding in the apartment of Irene Jansen, who happens to be Lauren Bacall. The director and man responsible for the screenplay is Delmer Daves. He made more 30 movies, but none better than "Dark Passage". Bogart also has the same cinematographer that shot the movie "The Big Sleep". Both pictures are marvelous studies of faces. Just look at the DVD box and you will get the idea. The camera comes in real close on the action and it can be quite entertaining. It is not every day that you can confidently say. "This might be one of the 3 best Humphrey Bogart Films". The others are "The Big Sleep", "The Maltese Falcon" and "Dark Passage". We only lost the beautiful Lauren Bacall about a month ago. She must have been very proud to see that "Dark Passage" from 1947 was still so popular. In fact, KCLS has 4 copies and 15 patrons at this moment have holds on the first available copy. In my own small way I feel I am passing along to a new generation a film tip on a great movie. It stands the test of time very well!

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steedy
May 30, 2014

A wonderful example of the film noir genre. Wrongfully convicted of his wife's murder, Bogie escapes from Q and briefly holds up in Baby's apartment. On the lam in 'Frisco, he encounters an interesting assortment of characters while he attempts to find his wife's killer. There's the shrewish Madge, Sam the cabbie, the plastic surgeon, the petty grifter...and of course the real star to the film, the San Francisco of the late 1940's in all its noirish splendour.

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nptphoto
Jan 20, 2014

Fantastic film whose minor flaws hardly detract from its overall lurid pleasures. Both an artifact of its era and yet ahead of its time, this often aggressively downbeat film noir summons the future memory of the disturbing French horror classic "Eyes Without a Face," in that for the first hour we can't see Bogart at all; he's either the camera or, after the brilliant plastic surgery with a straight-edged razor sequence, he's swathed in bandages. Very bold for the 1940s. Also a lovingly well acted movie. It has everything from repeated cues of "Too Marvelous for Words" on the soundtrack to a delicious fall from a highrise.

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Monolith
Nov 14, 2012

Yeah, that first person camera technique really set the mood... identical to another excellent '47 noir starring and directed by Robert Montgomery: Raymond Chandler's "Lady In The Lake". There was nothing about this one I didn't like. The mystique and romanticism of Bogart and Bacall is just frigging legendary; watching the two of them is hypnotizing. Endora (Agnes Moorehead) from Bewitched added just enough nastiness, too, so it wasn't too gooey. I loved this flick (and the ending!). FIVE STARS.

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Onewhoissaved
Oct 27, 2012

I first saw this film at the age of 11. Watching Lauren Bacall walking across the restaurant with every step showing she and Bogart were as one as two people could ever be thrilled me then and even more so now. The book and the movie are actually very good and unique. I hope you enjoy both of them.

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dole
Nov 09, 2009

This movie is like no other movie, it starts out as a first person point of view then about & half way through the movie turns into a third person point of view with a mix of mystery and love & a man trying to prove that he's not a killer.

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KarenW
Sep 04, 2009

This innovative film where the camera starts off as the main character's perspective, gets better and better. And with the steamy qualitiy of the two main stars conflicting with the superb evil Agnes Moorehead, you are in for a real treat! And the ending is fantastic!

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Monolith
Nov 14, 2012

Vincent Parry: "...I'm hiding." Detective: "From what?" Vincent Parry: "My wife, my friends, my family, everybody." Detective: "Come on now, it can't be as bad as all that." Vincent Parry: "Well, I tell you what you do. You go up there and spend seven years with my wife, and then if you're still in your right mind, come back down here and tell me about it."

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