One Way Passage 1932

One Way Passage

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When Dan Hardesty (William Powell) meets Joan Ames (Kay Francis) in a Hong Kong bar, he doesn't let on that he's an escaped murderer, nor she that she's suffering from a fatal illness. After Dan is caught by Sergeant Steve Burke (Warren Hymer), the two head back to America via ocean liner, and spot Joan also aboard. Dan talks Steve into letting him out of the cuffs, and for the duration of the trip, he and Joan indulge in a romance both know can never last.

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  • Jul 07, 2018
    Beautiful and touching, 'One Way Passage' is filled with dreamy eyes and an intensity of feeling. William Powell plays a man who bumps into Kay Francis in a bar in Hong Kong, and they're instantly drawn to one another. They find each other again on an ocean liner bound for San Francisco, each not knowing a terrible secret about the other, and their love burns all the brighter knowing that it may not last. Powell and Francis are both brilliant and utterly charming, and director Tay Garnett does an excellent job of telling the story and filling his scenes with nice little touches. He also gives us some modern camera work, and while the film has some fantastic slang from years gone by, it also feels ahead of its time, and timeless. Brilliant ending too.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2012
    It was not as good as I expected, William Powell and Kay Francis were good but not good enough to save the movie's plot and silliness.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2011
    what a great movie. the plot may sound ridiculous but it works like a charm. tragedy should always be this much fun. the supporting characters deserve special mention and i particularly enjoyed aline macmahon as the phony countess. 'don't smudge my bangs!' priceless
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    William Powell and Kay Francis are well matched in this ultra romantic but somewhat preposterous weepie. Frank McHugh and particularly Aline MacMahon are a lot of fun in secondary roles. The brevity of the running time keeps the story moving along.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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