Dark Passage

Dark Passage

DVD - 2005
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"Bogey's on the lam and Bacall's at his side in Dark Passage, Delmer Daves' stylish film-noir thriller that's the third of four films Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together. Bogart is Vincent Parry, a prison escapee framed for murder who emerges from plastic surgery with a new face. Bacall is Irene Jansen, Vincent's lone ally. In a supporting role, Agnes Moorehead portrays Madge, a venomous harpy who finds pleasure in the unhappiness of others. The chemistry of the leads is undeniable, and they augment it here with exceptional tenderness. Exceptional, too, are the atmospheric San Francisco locations and the imaginative camera work that shows Vincent's point of view - but not his face - until the bandages are removed. Lest Irene get ideas, the post-surgery Vincent tells her: 'Don't change yours. I like it just as it is.' So do we."--Container.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : distribued by Warner Home Video, c2005
Branch Call Number: DVD DAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : Dolby digital mono. sd., b&w ; 12 cm


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Jul 13, 2018

Directed by Delmer Daves in 1947 based on the 1946 novel of the same name by David Goodis, this crime drama follows the prison escapee's attempt to hide from the law and clear his name of murder.
The story contains so many unrealistic coincidences that the whole thing appears foolish.
The romace at the end also seems like a laughing stock.

Jun 29, 2018

I have to tell ya - I am completely convinced that the producers/writers of this Warner Bros. production had a very, very low opinion of the intelligence level of their intended audience.

IMO - This film's ridiculous story was a total insult to any thinking person. And, with that - It only deserves the lowest possible rating of all.

If this crappy picture was really a box-office hit back when it was first released in 1947 - Then - It proved that (just because it starred the likes of Bogart & Bacall) movie-goers would gladly applaud any piece of excrement shoved into their stupid faces.

And, finally - Speaking about the concealing of character, Vince Parry's face from the viewer for this film's first 45 minutes - That, to me, was pure unforgivable stupidity and the most preposterous nonsense imaginable.

And, of course - When Parry's face was finally revealed to us - I'd definitely say that the plastic surgeon did a really lousy job with this guy's facial reconstruction.

Jan 11, 2018

Undoubtedly the worst of the four films Bogart and Bacall made together, but still it is Bogie.
Worth watching, but not a great one.

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.

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.

Sep 26, 2014

Great Bogart and Bacall noir film. Interesting architecture see then and now pix if Irene's apartment at:

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!

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.

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.

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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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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