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Dark Passage

Directed by Delmer Daves. US. 1947. NR. 106 minutes. Warner Bros. DVD.
Sun., January 20, 2013

In this, their third screen pairing, Bogart plays an escaped convict who is aided in his search for the real killer of his wife by an eager and supportive Bacall. In order to escape detection, Bogie must get a new face, via plastic surgery. To enhance this plot device, a most interesting technique is used: the first half of the film is photographed as seen through Bogart’s eyes, thus causing us to, in essence, become him. With an exceptionally well-written script and outstanding performances by character actors Agnes Moorehead, Tom D’Andrea and Bruce Bennett, this is one of the most engaging and fascinating of the late-forties films noir. And the sparks still flow between Bogart and Bacall, adding to the fun and sense of intimacy. (Bill Roth)