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Dark Passage (1947)

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, more...
Director: Delmer Daves
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Film Noir, Vintage Noir, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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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 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, while recovering from plastic surgery, and tries to set about locating the actual murderer. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not great, but worth seeing for the Bogie and Bacall chemistry by Brockton November 29, 2003 - 8:38 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The first half of this movie is an interesting and successful use of the subjective point of view. Much better than the Lady in the Lake (which may have more to do with the fact that Robert Montgomery sucked as Phillip Marlowe). Unfortunately, that means you don't see Bogart for half the movie.

The plot will keep your interest, and fortunately doesn't degenerate into silliness until the last ten minutes, at which time the killer, and the outlandish motive, is revealed (pretty obvious long before then) and Bogart and Bacall manage, despite the odds against them, to live happily ever after.

If you are interested in B & B, I would suggest you start with their other three first (Key Largo, To Have and Have Not, and The Big Sleep), and then view Dark Passage as an enjoyable, but not completely satisfying, dessert.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.56)
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