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Dark Passage Reviews

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September 26, 2016
Well made and original.
½ June 30, 2016
I really enjoyed the rapport between Bacall and Bogie--it was weird finding out that at the time, even though the two were married and had acted very well together previously, that Bacall was not Warner Bros. first choice for the role. An excellent supporting cast, though the writing is less than classic and the first-person experiment, for the first third of the film, doesn't always come off well.
½ June 30, 2016
I really enjoyed the rapport between Bacall and Bogie--it was weird finding out that at the time, even though the two were married and had acted very well together previously, that Bacall was not Warner Bros. first choice for the role. An excellent supporting cast, though the writing is less than classic and the first-person experiment, for the first third of the film, doesn't always come off well.
April 10, 2016
This film-noir is the third of four films Bogart and Bacall did together. One interesting thing about it is the first 40mins or so are first-person from the perspective of Bogart's character. The film is good, but not great. Worth watching though for fans of Bogart and/or Bacall.
½ March 26, 2016
The first half is a cinematic masterpiece, slightly falling away at the end once the unique visual perspective is lost.
½ February 22, 2016
a very good 1947 film noir
February 9, 2016
5 simmering stars! Bogart and Bacall are "Too Marvelous for Words."
½ November 14, 2015
Very unusual yet thrilling noir fare. Can't go wrong with Bogie and Bacall.
½ September 2, 2015
Intriguing, but flawed, Bogart-Bacall murder-drama.

A convicted murderer, Vincent Parry (played by Humphrey Bogart), breaks out of prison. He had been wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife. Along the way he is helped by young woman, Irene Jansen (played by Lauren Bacall) who is convinced of his innocence. Soon he has to make a decision between leaving the city or staying around to find out who the real murderer is. And his troubles are just beginning...

Intriguing drama. From the word go, when all we see of Bogart's character is shadows or first-person views (why becomes apparent after a while), there is an air of mystery and suspense.

Not perfect though. The plot is not watertight. The chance meeting that sets up everything is just so implausible. Many other plot developments, including the climactic scene, are implausible and/or contrived.

Can't fault the acting though. Bogart and Bacall are great (as expected) and the supporting cast give solid performances.
½ June 18, 2015
An unconventionally plotted noir with a classic Bogie/Bacall dynamic at its center, "Dark Passage" is yet another memorable effort from director Delmer Daves.
½ February 2, 2015
I saw this vacationing in Europe many years ago. Probably the least of the Bogey/Bacalls, but still incredibly enjoyable.
½ January 30, 2015
While it might not rank as a favorite film among those who love the screen team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, you have to admit "Dark Passage" (1947) has one of the great screen gimmicks of all time. For the first forty minutes of the film, you see everything through the eyes of the main character - an escaped prisoner from San Quentin who eludes the authorities while making his way to a plastic surgeon who will give him a new face. When the bandages finally come off, the audience gets their first look at this wanted fugitive as he studies himself in a mirror. And guess what? He looks just like Humphrey Bogart!
½ January 20, 2015
Nunca hubo una quimica en el cine como la de Bogart y Bacall, estupendo film noir, especialmente en el inicio y el final en el puerto de Paita en Peru.
January 14, 2015
This isn't the best Bogart-Bacall pairing, and not the best noir film, but it has its' moments. It's not very convincing in today's age, but still better than most current thrillers.
½ December 29, 2014
There is little that Bogart is in that I dislike. A nice piece of Film Noir.
½ December 26, 2014
Really interesting first-person perspective.
December 3, 2014
The contrivances and coincidences are a bit clumsy at times but the interesting and often effective POV experiment, Bacall's casually tough sensuality (which the POV experiment allows us to linger on), the loving San Francisco cinematography, and the delightfully chewy supporting performances more than make up for it. Even for the hokey coda where we seem to returned for a visit to Rick's Cafe.
November 29, 2014
Bogart and Bacall - say no more.
November 21, 2014
Bogie as a broken man .. so unlike his usual roles .. worth the watch ... Loved the ending and the iconic tune "Too Marvelous for words"
October 23, 2014
Weakest of the Bogie Bacall films, in which their chemistry and Agnes Moorehead save a weak script.
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