One Way Passage Reviews

  • Apr 26, 2019

    A great film, a classic ending

    A great film, a classic ending

  • Feb 02, 2019

    The best romance movie ever made!

    The best romance movie ever made!

  • Antonius B Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Feb 27, 2018

    William Powell going to jail. Kay Francis terminally ill.

    William Powell going to jail. Kay Francis terminally ill.

  • Feb 19, 2018

    One Way Passage is a decent film. It is about a terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution who meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing. William Powell and Kay Francis give okay performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Tay Garnett did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance.

    One Way Passage is a decent film. It is about a terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution who meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing. William Powell and Kay Francis give okay performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Tay Garnett did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance.

  • Feb 16, 2018

    An ambitious undertaking, that I felt never quite won me over.

    An ambitious undertaking, that I felt never quite won me over.

  • Jul 22, 2015

    Overly schmaltzy, but works, just. A ship bound to San Francisco from Hong Kong has some interesting passengers. One of them is a convicted criminal, being escorted back to California by a policeman. Another is a sickly heiress. The criminal and the heiress meet and fall in love. Cue romance, and a tough choice... It's the intrigue that makes this story watchable. The romance is of your usual conventional soppy variety, so really nothing to write about there, except that it does influence the criminal's actions (adversely, I might add). Decent performances by William Powell and Kay Francis in the lead roles. The policeman, played by Warren Hymer, is quite one-dimensional, however. Even worse is Frank McHugh as the drunk: very hammy and irritating. He does provide the best scene of the movie, however. The mirror scene was Chaplinesque in its hilarity.

    Overly schmaltzy, but works, just. A ship bound to San Francisco from Hong Kong has some interesting passengers. One of them is a convicted criminal, being escorted back to California by a policeman. Another is a sickly heiress. The criminal and the heiress meet and fall in love. Cue romance, and a tough choice... It's the intrigue that makes this story watchable. The romance is of your usual conventional soppy variety, so really nothing to write about there, except that it does influence the criminal's actions (adversely, I might add). Decent performances by William Powell and Kay Francis in the lead roles. The policeman, played by Warren Hymer, is quite one-dimensional, however. Even worse is Frank McHugh as the drunk: very hammy and irritating. He does provide the best scene of the movie, however. The mirror scene was Chaplinesque in its hilarity.

  • Sep 08, 2012

    Charming comedy/drama about fugitive Powell falling in love with the terminally ill Kay Francis.

    Charming comedy/drama about fugitive Powell falling in love with the terminally ill Kay Francis.

  • Aug 20, 2012

    good pre-code melodrama & weepie

    good pre-code melodrama & weepie

  • Apr 05, 2012

    Talk about a tear jerker!! Anyway, William Powell is a convicted murderer on his way to die in prison, when he meets Kay Francis on a boat bound back to the US, and she's sick with an incurable sickness. The thing that keeps this movie memorable is the champagne glasses breaking. when this film came out, that was thing then. But it's like a doomed situation with no way out. check it out and bring your tissue.

    Talk about a tear jerker!! Anyway, William Powell is a convicted murderer on his way to die in prison, when he meets Kay Francis on a boat bound back to the US, and she's sick with an incurable sickness. The thing that keeps this movie memorable is the champagne glasses breaking. when this film came out, that was thing then. But it's like a doomed situation with no way out. check it out and bring your tissue.