|Author David Goodis hard at work
|Travel tip: If you're going to San Francisco,
be sure to hide inside a huge prison drum!
|4th floor, framed fugitives from justice, everybody off!
|You realize this means an angry letter to the Times!
|Meet Dr. Coley, brilliant hush-hush plastic surgeon to the wrongfully accused! Highly recommended by Sam the Lonesome Cab Driver! Free cigarettes for new customers!
|Trippiest face-lift ever! Lauren Bacall can blow our minds anytime!
|A kiss isn't just any old kiss with
Bogart and Bacall as Irene and Vincent!
|Vincent gets the drop on would-be blackmailer Clifton Young!
To think he was such a cute little tyke in Our Gang!
|Director Delmer Daves has a cameo as
Irene's late wrongly-accused dad!
|The Hates of Rapf—Madge Rapf, Dangerous Dame!
If you’re looking for a tight mystery plot, this ain’t the place! While DP has many suspenseful moments, it’s primarily a character study and a mood piece about loneliness, redemption, and starting over, with a strong undercurrent of postwar paranoia, all underscored beautifully by Franz Waxman’s stirring music (with contributions by an uncredited Max Steiner. I love the use of “Too Marvelous for Words” as Vincent and Irene’s song). The bus station scene is a touching example of this. Incidentally, that lady at the bus depot, Aunt Mary, is Mary Field from Ball of Fire (as Miss Totten); The Dark Corner (as the eavesdropping movie ticket-taker); Wonder Man (as the stenographer); and Ministry of Fear (as avant-garde artist Martha Penteel)! Mary’s so versatile, bless her!
|Vincent's pal George Fellsinger, young man with a horn!
|Madge shows her true colors!
Nevertheless, Director of Photography Sid Hickox had plenty of innovative visual techniques in glorious black-and-white. I particularly liked the use of the glass floor when Vincent discovers a dead body (I won’t say who); a tip of the hat to Alfred Hitchcock’s
|Baby, you're smokin'!
|Oh, no! George, Vincent's only friend, has clearly played his last song!
|After all the agita Irene and Vincent have been through, they deserve a happy ending!
Good luck, you crazy kids!
According to Wikipedia, the TV series The Fugitive became a hit in 1963—and Goodis took the producers to court, considering the show had many elements in common with Dark Passage. In 1963, ABC television began airing the television show The Fugitive, the story of Richard Kimble, a doctor wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife. Kimble subsequently escapes and begins a long search for the "one-armed man", the person he believes to be the real killer. For that matter, the whole case was originally inspired by real-life Dr. Sam Sheppard, who’d been accused of murdering his pregnant wife. It just goes to show that there’s nothing new under the sun, in fiction or real life!