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Dark Passage
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Directed By
Delmer Daves

Written By:
Delmer Daves

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett, Tom D'Andrea, Douglas Kennedy, Houseley Stevenson, John Arledge, Clancy Cooper, Rory Mallinson, Clifton Young, Rory Mallinson

Dark Passage (1947)
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Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie
June 20th, 2007

Great Style and Moorehead

So much of this film is well intentioned, but the plot is so loosely strung together that it is hard to make sense of.

We begin with a man (Humphrey Bogart) escaping from San Quentin prison. Apparently he was found guilty for murdering his wife, though he pleads innocent. From that moment on we see the world from his perspective and we only see his face when it is shown on the cover on the newspaper.

He is helped along by a strange woman (Lauren Bacall) who has sympathy for his case due to her dead father's similar case.

Agnes Moorehead has a supporting role as a friend of Bogart's dead wife who helped put him in the slammer. She owns every scene she is in and my best memories of the film are of her majestic presence.

Of course, Bogart undergoes plastic surgery to change his face to his famous mug and elude the cops. However it never seems to help and everyone in San Fran seems to know who he is.

The frustrating parts about this film come down to how Bacall fits in with just about everyone Bogart knew before he got locked up. I was waiting for her to be revealed as a bad guy, but it never happened and that left me disappointed.

The love story didn't fit with the rest of the film, however it is saved by a tremendous performance by Moorehead and great cinematic style.

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Jun 20, 2007 11:08 PM
I just saw this last weekend, and I couldn't agree more!

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