Dark Passage (1947) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dark Passage (1947)



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In this film, Humphrey Bogart heads the cast as an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife's murder. With the help of friendly cabbie Tom D'Andrea, Bogart makes contact with sympathetic plastic surgeon Housley Stevenson. With his new face, Bogart seeks out the actual murderer.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: David Goodis, Delmer Daves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2003
MGM Home Entertainment


Humphrey Bogart
as Vincent Parry
Lauren Bacall
as Irene Jansen
Agnes Moorehead
as Madge Rapf
Douglas Kennedy
as Detective
Rory Mallinson
as George Fellsinger
Houseley Stevenson S...
as Dr. Walter Coley
Bob Farber
as Policeman
Richard Walsh
as Policeman
Clancy Cooper
as Man on Street
Pat McVey
as Taxi Driver
Dude Maschemeyer
as Man on Street
Tom Fadden
as Waiter in Cafe
Shimen Ruskin
as Driver-Watchman
Tom Reynolds
as Hotel Clerk
Lennie Bremen
as Ticket Clerk
Mary Field
as Mary, the Lonely Wo...
John Alvin
as Blackie
John Arledge
as Lonely Man
Yannick Delulle
as Michele Martin
Ian MacDonald
as Policeman
Ramon Ros
as Waiter
Craig Lawrence
as Bartender
Patrick McVey
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Dark Passage

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

The structure and character sense of the David Goodis novel are intact, and a full-throttle supporting cast has a ball with meaty parts.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An odd, atmospheric 1947 thriller.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark Passage


Bogie and Baby again, baby, this time in San Francisco, where she picks up an escaped con on the lam and brings him home ... okay, so maybe its a smidgen unbelievable, just a tad, a wee bit, but who cares, its Bogart and Bacall. Agnes Moorehead is great, too, all controlled hysteria and a voice like nails over a chalkboard.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Though not on the level as the other Bogart/Bacall classics, this surprisingly experimental film noir has plenty to enjoy. Also great images of 1940's San Francisco.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


A good chance to watch Bogart and Bacall getting emotional. I found this noir quite entertaining but some events and decisions made by the characters were a tad far fetched, and the ending was too pleasing for my taste.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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