Dark Passage

So today I am honoring Agnes Moorehead, the renowned character actress, who is best remembered for her role as Endora for THE AGNES MOOREHEAD BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend  Crystal form IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD. Thanks to her for hosting this wonderful BLOGATHON.  I would suggest you check out other posts for this BLOGATHON. So today I review dark passage for AGNES MOOREHEAD’s birthday. 


Dark passage review

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.(story off web)

Dark Passage offers a different take on the San Francisco noir genre as its lead is hardly seen in its first half of the movie. Delmer Daves, adapting the David Goodis novel has created something seldom seen in this type of films, in which, the hero’s presence is required at all times.

The film has a great look to it as it captures a view of the San Francisco of the 1940s in ways that hadn’t been seen before on the screen. It’s a stark difference form many noir classics. This film hooks you from the start with its book like opening that truly feels like it is out of a noir book of that era.

Sidney Hickox’s stylish cinematography is one of the best assets of the film as it truly captures the city by the bay in such a magical way. The mood is set by the swing music of the time as Frank Waxman’s score as its truly a jazzy soundtrack that feels right at home as its great swing music that does truly sound so wonderful. This is one fine soundtrack.

Humphrey Bogart dominates the movie in his truly wonderful role that was Oscar worthy as he truly isn’t seen until hour in movie it is a wonderful as it speaks volumes about how the actor and director speak out this wonderful performance. m. Ms. Bacall’s radiant beauty dominates every scene she is in. This actress had such a style that no matter what she is doing, she pulls our attention to her as she truly gives one wonderful performance. Agnes Moorehead makes a phenomenal appearance as the evil Madge Rapf as truly she gives one wonderful performance. Her last scene with Mr. Bogart stands as one of the best moments in a film noir of the era. This is one of a kind in noir as its truly a movie that is a very special classic that is one of the finest noir classics ever made.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

A very happy birthday to Agnes Moorehead. I loved to talk about one of her fine roles on screen. So i am wishing her a very happy birthday.


3 thoughts on “Dark Passage

  1. says:

    I reviewed this film for the blogathon, too. I loved how innovative it was to be shot from the leading man’s point of view. The cinematography is awesome, as you said.

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