Dark Passage (1947)
Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 2
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 6,187
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
Sep 27, 1947 Wide
Nov 4, 2003
MGM Home Entertainment
Watch It Now
Sam Taxi Driver
Houseley Stevenson S...
Dr. Walter Coley
Man on Street
Waiter in Cafe
Mary the Lonely Woma...
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
The structure and character sense of the David Goodis novel are intact, and a full-throttle supporting cast has a ball with meaty parts.
The story is involving, the atmosphere is as starkly noir as anything Bogart participated in, and the dynamic between the leads is as conspicuous as ever.
This thriller is not quite up to the best Hitchcock, but it does prove that Delmer Daves is a man to watch. And The Dark Passage is a picture to see.
What starts out as a thriller switches en route into a sagging, psychological drama, but recovers in time to give out with the satisfying gory stuff.
Even though bored by the story -- which, because of its sag, you may be -- you can usually enjoy the scenery, which is as good as a travelogue.
An example of how star power can compensate plot, this is the least electric of the Bogart-Bacall pairings; luckily, there's Agnes Moorehead, the screen's best hornet, to intervene whenever the going gets too lackadasical.
The plot has some admirable twists and turns and Agnes Moorehead, as the villainess, has three wonderfully showy scenes.
Maybe not one of the great noirs, but certainly one of the good ones.
Bogart's Parry sure is a guy with plenty of trouble and Bacall provides intelligent and gutsy succour, but this competent and interesting thriller just never quite makes it to classic status.
Audience Reviews for Dark Passage
Discuss Dark Passage on our Movie forum!