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Dark Passage [DVD] [1947] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Humphrey Bogart , Lauren Bacall , Delmer Daves    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead, Tom D'Andrea
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Writers: Delmer Daves, David Goodis
  • Producers: Jack L. Warner, Jerry Wald
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,684 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This gimmicky film noir stars Humphrey Bogart as an escaped criminal who undergoes plastic surgery and holes up at the home of Lauren Bacall's character while healing and preparing to prove his innocence. If you can last through the first half-hour of Dark Passage--which is shot entirely from the subjective view of Bogart's bandaged face, which we don't see until later--you might find ample reason in the stars' performances to stick around for the conclusion. But director Delmer Daves (A Summer Place) tests a viewer's endurance with such an obvious, attention-getting ploy. The least of the Bogart-Bacall vehicles, the other being The Big Sleep,To Have and Have Not and Key Largo). --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Passage, light journey. 22 Aug 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
*** 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 supporting performance lifts this noirish thriller way above average. Humphrey Bogart is Vincent Parry and Lauren Bacall is Irene Jansen, so it's with a tinge of sadness that Dark Passage is considered the weakest film of the four collaborations from the special duo. And though in plot and screenplay that may well be true, I maintain that the sexual chemistry here is as electric as it is in The Big Sleep. Has to be said, though, that both Bacall & Bogart are playing second fiddle to a waspish turn from Agnes Moorehead as Madge Rapf, she ups the ante and grabs the attention span when the film drifts close to a stand still.

The clever camera technique of viewing the events from Vincent's eyes works well for the first third of the film (we never see Vincent's face), but heavy with Bogarts' narration, this loses impact once Vincent gets his new face. The mysterious element to the plot doesn't quite get the jolt that it should because sadly we know it's Bogart from the off, So when the reveal comes about it just falls a little flat. Still, the film works as a more than serviceable thriller, with great acting and a very tidy turn of events in the ending make Dark Passage recommended viewing for noirish thriller fans. 7/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unusual, but a touch unsatisfying 23 Jan 2006
By hsh
This review just relates to the lesser known of the three films, Dark Passage. One of the most stangely shot films I have seen, for the first half at any rate - purely first person pespective with Bogart only present in voice until a rather unbelievable twist allows the camera to move back to a more normal position. Unfortunately, with a somewhat mediocre plot, and some half-hearted characterisations of those in the background, this is ultimately a vehicle for Bogart and Bacall, both of whom do their jobs to the unsual high standards. Their onscreen romance, and the curio factor of the camerawork, to some extent rescue the film, however. For fans of Bogart, and film noir, its worth a watch.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Box Set 1 Mar 2004
This box set is excellent value for money. At full price you get 2 films plus the special edition of a cinema classic. Just the films alone would make this a must have.
What can you say about Casablanca? This is a well told, moving and superbly acted film. It has everything from the hard bitten loser in love to an ending where the best man gets the police chief. No Bogart does not say the immortal line. However who can forget the great dialogue of "Round up the usual suspects"?
This film became a classic from humble origins. They used a second hand set, not the first choice of lead and a drummer for a pianist. This was meant to be more of a filler than an enduring legend. Yet there is something that makes this film shine.
You get a great print of the film. So good it looks like new. The extras are some of the berst you'll see. Especially when you think that this film is over 60 years old and the leading actors are no longer with us. My brother-in-law has never seen this. He told me he didn't want too 'cos its in black and white and he'd be bored. I called him a Philistine. Who's right?
Coupled with it you get Dark Passage & High Sierra. You get superb performances from Bogart and Bacall and 2 superb films. This helps to reinforce the point that Bogart was never a one trick pony but a consistently good actor. He is watchable as a crook or a good guy.
This is 3 great films at 1 great price. Buy it, watch it and treasure it. If only Hollywood would learn from its past and still produce consistently good films. This proves that a high budget is not required to produce films that will last forever.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wacky and great fun 15 Feb 2004
I was bowled over by this forgotten piece of Forties High Style, wacky and quirky and unpredictable as it is. Yes, the idea of subjective camera for the first third of the film was campy and too much, and certainly neither Bogey nor Bacall added significantly to the allure established elsewhere. The Waxman musical score is great, though, and the supporting cast, and the lines and situations they are given!, is brilliant, one of the best ever. The couple Bogey overhears at the train station! The plainclothes cop with all the weird questions in the diner! And, above all, the cabbie driver and his wild stories about goldfish and the seven hills of San Francisco! I laughed with delight all the way through, and I readily forgive the film that it is no straightforward thriller. So much the better!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a dark Passage 2 Mar 2005
Vincent Parry (Humphrey Bogart) is imprisoned for killing his wife. Irene Jensen (Lauren Bacall) who had her father falsely imprisoned for the same thing assumes that Vincent is also falsely accused and waits for her chance to help with his escape. For quite some time we only see the world through his eyes, and never see his face. This perspective has been very effective in other movies and adds to the mystery in this movie.
Who is the guy with the circus tent upholstery in his car?
Will he prove to be innocent?
And will the man and woman strike up a relationship?
What perils lie ahead?
All right this is for all you analyzers these movies contain similar themes:
The escape scene is a classic and the barrel is used again in "Wrongfully Accused" (1998).
The first person prospective is used again in "It Came From Outer Space" (1953) where you see the world from an alien viewpoint.
(Agnes Moorhead) The orange car is close to the red hair in "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961).
The end relates to "On the Beach" (1959).
Second time through this movie, you will find your self, rooting for the good guy, want to warn him that you saw the movie before, and know what is going to happen. However, does he listen? Of course not. Nevertheless, maybe next time he will. Get out your popcorn and be aware of strangers barring chocolates.
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