Bleck….today was a crazy day…fortunately I got ahead on my schoolwork this week so I didn’t have to much to do….decided to finish up my story for next week’s paper and send it in so I could relax…..let’s just say Bogart and Bacall were calling my name….Mass Media Law research was not……So….Dark Passage won the day

The third Bogart/Bacall film, Dark Passage revolves around Vincent Parry (Bogart) a innocent man, jailed for killing his wife, who escapes from San Quentin Prison. Irene Jensen, whose own father was wrongly convicted, takes Parry in to her home.

Widely recognized after his face being plastered in the papers, Parry gets the idea to try plastic surgery from a talkative cabbie. He decides to go and see the cabbie’s doctor friend who then performs minor facial reconstruction.

While recuperating at Jensen’s, the two fall in love. Parry heals up enough and leaves her behind, only to be blackmailed by a man who had given him a short ride after he first arrived. He wants Jensen’s money and knows she will pay to keep Parry out of jail. After a struggle, Parry pushes the man over a small cliff and onto rocks below. But before, the man reveals knowledge of another car he had seen following Parry after his surgery. Parry realizes who it really was who killed his wife.

Bogart is at his best as he goes to confront his true enemy. I don’t want to exactly spoil it for you. Let’s just say after a heated confrontation and another accidental death, Parry is on the run again. He makes it out of the city.

While waiting for the bus to Arizona, Parry calls Irene and they plan a rendevou in Peru. They do meet up months later in a small cafe.

Everyone seems to be on Parry’s side in this film. Everyone from a cabbie to doctor believe he is innocent, or at least believe he did get a fair shake in the press.

Dark Passage is rather underrated, but Bacall and Bogart’s chemistry is as good as ever. The cinematography is also quite good; until Parry has his surgery, the film is seen through his eyes and you only mostly see Bogart’s hands. A different approach but it is handled wellThis film is definitely a gem that may get overlooked amongst their other films, but it is worth a watch!

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