Friday, September 21, 2018

favorite movie #50: dark passage

Favorite movies that have had an impact on me - #50 - Dark Passage (1947) - Bogart and Bacall in their third film together. It's a bit of a gimmick film — the first half is filmed through Bogart's eyes — but because of Bogie's familiar voice it works. Bacall holds her own as she carries the early part of the film, while the camera keeps her in close-up as she talks to Bogart. Dark Passage is a brightly-lit film noir, set in San Francisco. Bogart's Vincent Parry has been wrongly accused of murdering his wife. The story begins as he escapes from San Quentin and hitches a ride into the city. He is immediately recognized, but saved from having to go back to prison by Good Samaritan Irene Jansen (Bacall), who has always believed in his innocence. She is an artist, so is presented as an 'unconventional' girl. There are some other people sympathetic to his cause, like a cabby (Tom D'Andrea), his friend George (Rory Mallinson), and a doctor of plastic surgery (Houseley Stevenson), who gives Vincent a new face, one with which movie fans are quite familiar. Agnes Moorehead shows up to keep things interesting as woman scorned Madge, in leopard print and looking to cause trouble.

A couple weeks ago I picked up a dame in my cab, she musta had her face lifted by one of them quacks. She got caught in the rain, and the whole thing dropped down to here. She shoulda left it unlifted.

Same eyes. Same nose. Same hair. Everthing else seems to be in a different place. I sure look older. That's all right, I'm not. If it's all right with me, it ought to be all right with you.
AI thought I had a good life here... but your going away doesn't make it seem good anymore. I've sort of joined your team and... and I don't look forward to being without you.


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