Dark Passage

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Bogey's on the lam and Bacall's at his side in Dark Passage, Delmer Daves' stylish film-noir thriller that's the third of four films Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together. Bogart is Vincent Parry who, framed for murder, escapes San Quentin and soon emerges from plastic surgery with a new face. Bacall is Irene Jansen, Vincent's lone ally. In a supporting role, Agnes Moorehead portrays Madge, a venomous harpy who finds pleasure in the unhappiness of others. The chemistry of the leads is undeniable, and they augment it here with exceptional tenderness. Exceptional too are the atmospheric San Francisco locations and the imaginative camera work that shows Vincent's point of view - but not his face - until the bandages are removed. Lest Irene get ideas, the post-surgery Vincent tells her: "Don't change yours. I like it just as it is."

  1. Delmer Daves

    Director, Screenplay

  2. David Goodis


Top Billed Cast

  1. Humphrey Bogart

    Humphrey Bogart

    Vincent Parry

  2. Lauren Bacall

    Lauren Bacall

    Irene Jansen

  3. Bruce Bennett

    Bruce Bennett


  4. Agnes Moorehead

    Agnes Moorehead

    Madge Rapf

  5. Tom D'Andrea

    Tom D'Andrea

    Cabby (Sam)

  6. CY

    Clifton Young


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 46m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • September 27, 1947



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Dark Passage, light journey.

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Vincent Parry has been imprisoned in San Quentin for murdering his wife, he escapes at sets about clearing his name. After being picked up, and then hidden by Irene Jansen (who has followed his case closely), Parry gets a tip from a cab driver which leads him to an underground plastic surgeon. After being given a new face, Parry must keep away from the police and find out just who did in fact kill his wife?

OK, so the plot isn't much to write home about, but the star appeal of the leads and a quite simply brilliant s... read the rest.

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