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Dark Passage

Humphrey Bogart , Lauren Bacall , Delmer Daves    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply "THE" best of Bogart&Bacall Nov. 11 2003
By A Customer
Pay no attention to the editorial review...
Pay no attention to the "Lady In The Lake" review.
That's okay... I can see that MOST people don't get this film.
If you like a "smart" film, "Dark Passage" is one of "THE" best.
I will acknowledge, The Big Sleep (although, Martha Vickers, who plays Lauren Bacall's sister is more interesting than Bacall in this film), Maltese Falcon (which is tedious and pretentious), To Have And Have Not (there's some good performances but after repeated viewing they wear on you), Key Largo (a GREAT film in which ALL actors are great and Claire Trevor deserved the Oscar), however, Bacalls "acting" was almost a stereotype from the start. She REALLY shines BRILLIANTLY in Dark Passage - the whole PREMISE for this film is the beginning setup in which we don't see Bogarts face - DUH... it's part of the PLOT man!... and it sets up the WHOLE FILM.
To watch Agnes Mooreheads face when she finally realizes that... well... I won't give it away but, trust me, WATCH HER FACE - it is a magical moment of film!
Talk about "film noir"?... THIS IS IT... AT IT'S BEST!
Are some people so lame that they don't know it IS Bogart at the beginning of the film? Do you HAVE to see a "recognizable" face?... The "FACE" of a Film Star?? before you allow yourself to appreciate the fact that the director is treating the audience with respect for our "intelligence" that we can "survive" without seeing Bogarts face for a while?
Anyway, once Bacall got away from the rigidity of the "STUDIO MACHINE", she started to relax in her acting and became the actor she always SHOULD have been and HAS been to date...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Nix Pix
"Dark Passage" is the last time Bogart and Bacall were teamed together on screen. The resulting film noir was not a box office sensation when it originally hit theaters, perhaps in part due to the first person camera perspective employed during the first forty minutes of the narrative and then the additional absence of seeing Bogart's character, except behind a swath of bandages for most of the latter half of the film. However, like most great film noir, "Dark Passage" has outlived its initial disappointment to become a classic. Bogart is Vincent Parry, a man accused of murdering his wife and sent to prison for life. But he escapes San Quentin prison and is rescued by Irene Jansen (Bacall). Irene smuggles Parry past police, across the Golden Gate Bridge and to her San Francisco apartment. From there Parry procures a plastic surgeon to alter his facial features, but first takes off to visit his old friend, George Fellsinger (Rory Mallinson). However, when Parry returns to George's flat he finds that someone has murdered his best friend. Knowing that he will be considered the first choice of suspect in this crime, Parry retreats to Irene's apartment where she looks after him for the duration of his healing. With his new face looking like the spitting image of Humphrey Bogart, Parry heads over to his ex-wife's former friend, Madge Rapf (Agnes Moorehead). She is the one responsible for Parry's wife's murder and when Parry confronts Madge with his knowledge, she realizes who the stranger is, attempts to escape, but accidentally falls from the seventh story to her death. With no conceivable way of proving that Madge killed his wife and George, Parry contacts Irene with his next port of call. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Often passed off as the least successful of the four screen teamings of legendary Hollywood couple Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, "Dark Passage", despite its often unlikely premise has much to recommend it. Bogie is always riverting to watch on screen even in his lesser films and his work in "Dark Passage", as an escaped convict undergoing plastic surgery to try to clear his name over the murder of his wife is first rate. While the film certainly lacks a degree of the unique verbal sparring that viewers have come to expect of Bogie and Bacall's work together, the personal chemistry is still there and just as magic between the two. It is these two performers aided greatly by the superb Agnes Moorehead in the type of vinegary characterisation that she made uniquely her own in the 1940's that really elevates this story and manages to make many of the incredible turn of events that bit more believable.
Based on a David Goodis novel, director Delmer Daves also took over responsibility for the screenplay and weaved an engrossing if not always plausible story centred around Vincent Parry (Bogart) who we see in the first scene making his escape on the back of a truck from San Quentin Prison. Picked up a few minutes later by artist Irene Jansen (Bacall), who happened to be doing some painting in the surrounding hills as the prison siren went off, Vincent finds himself suddenly with a staunch ally in his quest to get to the bottom of his wife's murder. Irene takes Vincent back to her apartment in San Francisco where her attraction to him becomes immediately evident.She explains that her sudden determination to help him despite the personal risks to herself, is the result of her interest in his case and the firm belief that he was framed for his wife's murder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gimmicky but great.
The gimmick is the fact that from the beginning you can't see Bogarts' face , indeed he starts the film with the appearance of
another persons face( which is implied , not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Big Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
A good, not a great, Bogie and Bacall film, but stylish, entertaining, and unusual. I am lucky enough to live in the art deco building featured in the film, so imagine how pleased... Read more
Published on June 20 2010 by An Amazon customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Horse, But a Winner
The best of black-and-white films are such that the viewer forgets very quickly that there is no color. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by JK
3.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning, but too coincidental...
Vincent Parry (Humphrey Bogart) is convicted and sentenced for murder and has now escaped the San Quentin prison. Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by Kim Anehall
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie doesn't get the Bogie-Bacall magic
Of the four movies Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together, Dark Passage is easily the weakest. (The others were To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, and Key Largo. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by W. Wren
5.0 out of 5 stars HouseOK
Once on this webpage there was some trivia about Dark Passage,reporting the maganificent art deco apartment house, used in the film, fell to the wrecking ball. NOT.. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by R. F SHAPLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowled over
I was bowled over by this forgotten piece of Forties High Style, wacky and quirky and unpredictable as it is. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Michael Bo
4.0 out of 5 stars Sticks in the memory
Bogart's third film with Lauren Bacall is also the third film in as many years to cast him as a man either plotting to kill his wife ("Conflict" and "The Two Mrs. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by Brian W. Fairbanks
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitly not a must have for Bogart fans.
OK, first of all I do "get" this movie, despite what a previous reviewer suggests. This movie is not as bad as many reviewers would have you believe, nor is it as good as... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003 by R. Herkelmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a Second Look at You, Kid
Although it's the most unfavorably criticized of the Bogart-Bacall teamings, "Dark Passage" is a fascinating film, and one of those little gems which shines brighter with... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by J. Michael Click
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