Humphrey Bogart ■ Lauren Bacall
Bogart plays a man convicted of murdering his wife who escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence. Bogart finds that his features are too well known, and is forced to seek some illicit backroom plastic surgery. The entire pre-knife part of the film is shot from a Bogart's-eye-view, with us seeing the fugitive for the first time as he starts to recuperate from the operation in the apartment of a sympathetic young artist (played by Bacall) for whom he soon finds affection. But what he's really after is revenge.
Delightfully dark and intense in this movie, you just can't beat the combination of Bogie and Bacall.
I really enjoy Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall both independently and together. Kinda got hooked as a little girl with The African Queen and by the time I saw them both in Key Largo I was hooked but good.
All of their movies together tend to be a bit dark and intense but this one is even more so. Bogie is an escapee from San Quentin who is determined to find out just who framed him for killing his wife. Sure, they didn't even like each other anymore but he swears he didn't kill her. Bacall seems to be an innocent girl with the odd penchant for trying to rescue him. He doesn't want help but needs it. She wants to help but he won't let her. Throw in a case of blackmail, a nosy and unstable friend, 3 more deaths, and a case of two people falling in love at the worst possible time, and there you have it.
Dark Passage is one of the best classic Film Noir movies. You never quite know who has done what or if there will be a happy ending after all. It is also a study in the darker side of human nature, a psychological drama.
Wonderful movie with remarkably clean violence. Kids can watch it, not necessarily the younger ones, but they may find it a bit boring. Adults and older teens that love classic movies and Film Noir in particular will be in for an intense treat with this movie.
Don't miss the danger! Don't miss the excitement! Don't miss the romance! Don't miss Bogie & Bacall!
Humphrey Bogart ... Vincent Parry
Lauren Bacall ... Irene Jansen
Bruce Bennett ... Bob
Agnes Moorehead ... Madge Rapf
Tom D'Andrea ... Cabby (Sam)
Clifton Young ... Baker
Douglas Kennedy ... Detective Kennedy
Rory Mallinson ... George Fellsinger
Houseley Stevenson ... Dr. Walter Coley
The Malloch Apartment Building - San Francisco, CA(Irene Jansen's residence)
Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA
San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA
San Quentin, CA
The Tamalpais Building, San Francisco, CA
Filbert Steps, Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
Marin County, CA
San Francisco, CA
Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - Burbank, CA (studio)
Vincent Parry: Don't you get lonely up here by yourself?
Irene Jansen: I was born lonely, I guess.
[Vincent meets a discredited plastic surgeon]
Dr. Walter Coley: Ever see any botched plastic jobs? If a man like me didn't like a fellow... he could surely fix him up for life. Make him look like a bulldog, or a monkey. I'll make you look as if you've lived.
Vincent Parry: I have, doc.
Irene Jansen: [seeing Vincent after he shaves] It's unbelievable. but it's good. I think I even like you better.
Vincent Parry: Well, don't let it give you any ideas.
Irene Jansen: What kind?
Vincent Parry: Don't change yours. I like it just as it is.
Irene Jansen: You won't tell me cause you think I'll come there. You think I'd follow you.
Vincent Parry: You'd be insane to follow me.
Irene Jansen: Was I insane to pick you up on the road? Was I crazy to let you stay here?
Vincent Parry: Yes.
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