Dark Passage

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Delmer Daves
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

They'll catch the truck,

question the driver, search the barrels.

Inside five minutes

they'll be starting back this way, slow...

combing the road, looking sharp.

Take maybe 10 minutes.

See that? Gives me 15 minutes.

I've got to start taking chances.

What I wouldn't give

for some ice water or a smoke.

I've got to get out of here.

Hope I buried my shirt deep enough.

It's a dead giveaway.

Here comes something.

I've got to take that chance now.

How did you get your feet wet?

Been wading?

Crossed the stream back there.

Couldn't see a bridge, so I waded across.

-Where you going?

-San Francisco.

-Whereabouts in Frisco?

-Civic Center.

In your undershirt?

I like to be comfortable.

-Where did you get them pants?

-What do you want to know for?

Never saw any like them before.

What's funny about them? They suit me.

They give me a lot of wear for the money.

-Where you from?


-Whereabouts in Arizona?


Very fancy seat cover you got here.

That's a piece of a carnival tent.

Seems to me, you'd be more sunburned

not wearing a shirt than you are.

As I was saying,

you ought to be more sunburned.

How come you're not? Lose your shirt?

Why are you going to Frisco?

What is this, a quiz program?

Stop this jalopy and let me out.

I'll hitch another ride.

Don't get excited, pal. All I said was--

I'll hitch a ride where I don't have to

tell my life history.

Flash! We interrupt this program to warn

all listeners in the North Bay Area.

Look out for a convict who escaped

from San Quentin 15 minutes ago...

probably on an outbound truck.

His description follows:

The escaped convict is 5' 10'',

dark brown, eyes: brown...

last seen wearing gray prison trousers,

black shoes.

His name is Vincent Parry,

sentenced for life...

for the murder of his wife three years ago.

Well, what do you know?

Please, stop! I won't tell!

All right, climb in my car

and get out of here, fast.

What is this?

You're lucky he's still alive.

Let's go. I want to help you.


Please, we haven't much time, Vincent.

-How did you know my name?

-Does that matter?

-You're with the police?

-If I was, I'd have a gun.

Look, I'm trying to give you a chance.

I don't get it. But all right, let's go.

Get under here. I was out painting.

I heard the flash on my radio.

Don't worry about the painting stuff,

I'll fix it.

Where are we?

In the tunnel

leading to the Golden Gate Bridge.

-Where are you taking me?

-San Francisco, to my place.

It's a roadblock.

Don't move, Vincent. Don't make a sound.

Got your license, miss?

What's the matter, Officer?

Have I done something wrong?

I don't know yet, miss.

Where are you going?

San Francisco.

What have you got here in back?

Just my painting stuff.

I'm an amateur landscape painter.

-I'll have a look if you don't mind.

-Go right ahead.

But don't get the oil paints on your sleeve,

they're still wet.

Okay, miss.

You can start breathing again.

You told them to go ahead and look.

I knew they would anyway.

I had to take the chance.

-What were you doing near San Quentin?

-Painting in the hills.

How did you know I'd be on that road?

The radio said

the truck was headed south.

I figured you'd head for the county road.

Then I passed the empty car

with the door open...

so I turned around and came back.

And there I was.

I'm supposed to believe that?

All right, don't believe it.

But I got you past the police.

If you'd taken that jalopy...

you'd be on your way back

to San Quentin by now. That's one thing.

If he'd lifted that tarp

another three inches...

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Delmer Daves

Delmer Lawrence Daves (July 24, 1904 – August 17, 1977) was an American screenwriter, director and producer. more…

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