Dark Passage

1947

Dark Passage

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93%

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Total Count: 27

82%

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User Ratings: 6,529
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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.

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Cast

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 Sr.
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 Woman
John Arledge
as Lonely Man
John Alvin
as Blackie
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 (27) | 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.

    Jul 12, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 12, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 12, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • An odd, atmospheric 1947 thriller.

    Jul 12, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    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.

    Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Passage

  • Oct 14, 2018
    This film is interesting as it starts off, both with its story and the perspective used to tell it. Humphrey Bogart plays a convict who has escaped San Quentin and is on the run, and because of the first-person camera technique, we can't see his face. A wealthy young art student (Lauren Bacall) picks him up and immediately begins helping him, hiding him out in her San Francisco apartment (which is incidentally incredibly large and spacious, has an amazing view of the bay, and ample parking on the street out front...hahaha). Unfortunately the film asks us to swallow way too much, starting with why Bacall would be helping him so much, and then later falling for him. It's just not believable, and throughout there are so many questionable character motivations and coincidences that I found myself saying "oh come on!" as I watched. The best parts of the film were the beautiful shots of San Francisco, Agnes Moorehead's last couple of scenes, and the creepiness of the backroom plastic surgery Bogart goes through (though gee, just a week later, a brand new face with no swelling, incredible). I wish the script could have been better - I kept hoping for some master stroke or dark plot twist that explained it all, but it never came. You can do much better in noir, and in Bogart/Bacall pairings.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2011
    Right from the very start I just had a feeling I was not gonna like this movie & I was right.Something about it was off for me.I found it to be boring & just could not get into it.I watched about 15-25 minutes & just couldn't watch anymore.Maybe I needed to give it more of a chance & Maybe 1 of these days I will but it probably won't be anytime soon
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2011
    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 J Super Reviewer

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