Dark Passage

Classic thriller based on the David Goodis novel about a man wrongly convicted of murder who escapes, has his face changed by plastic surgery, and clears his name with the aid of a girl whose father was similarly framed. Brilliantly atmospheric San Francisco settings, memorably bizarre supporting performances, a superb use of subjective camera (much more effective than in Lady in the Lake) throughout the entire first third of the film. The only flaw is the momentary absurdity when the bandages are finally unwrapped to reveal the 'new' face as dear old Bogart's (although prepared for by the use of his distinctive voice from the start).

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Delmer Daves
Screenwriter: Delmer Daves
Cast: Humphrey Bogart
Lauren Bacall
Bruce Bennett
Agnes Moorehead
Tom D'Andrea
Clifton Young
Douglas Kennedy
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