Runtime: 106 min
Directed by: Delmer Daves
IMDb Link: http://imdb.com/title/tt0039302/
Humphrey Bogart ... Vincent Parry
Lauren Bacall ... Irene Jansen
Bruce Bennett ... Bob
Agnes Moorehead ... Madge Rapf
Tom D'Andrea ... Cabby (Sam)
Clifton Young ... Baker
Description: 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.
Also a set of extras included:
* Hold Your Breath and Cross Your Fingers featurette - featuring film historians Leonard Maltin and Robert Osborne, and Bogart biographer Eric Lax, at just over 10 minutes, the short film briefly chronicles Bacall's arrival in Hollywood under the aegis of director Howard Hawks and her subsequent struggle to find suitable parts at Warner Bros. We also learn about Bogart's interest in The Dark Road, the David Goodis book upon which Dark Passage is based, and how he and producer Jerry Wald needed to convince a reluctant Jack Warner to buy the "bleak" property. Examinations of the lives of Goodis and director-writer Delmer Daves are also included, as well as a discussion of the film's location shooting and innovative technique. Especially fascinating is a look at the involvement of Bogart and Bacall in The Committee for the First Amendment, a group of Hollywood activists that traveled to Washington in 1947 to lend support to the writers and actors harassed by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Despite the best intentions, Bogart himself became ensnared in political intrigue, and the fallout haunted him for the rest of his life.
* Slick Hare - Bugs Bunny cartoon featuring an animated Bogart as a demanding nightclub customer who threatens to gun down waiter Elmer Fudd if he's not served a dish of fried rabbit in 20 minutes. Fudd frantically searches the kitchen until he happens upon that "wascally wabbit" Bugs munching carrots in a corner. Typical antics ensue, with hilarious depictions of other famous restaurant guests, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Milland, the Marx Brothers, Sydney Greenstreet and Carmen Miranda.
* Trailer - a beautifully restored original trailer shamelessly misleads viewers by playing up the Bogart-Bacall romantic angle in Dark Passage and ignoring the more potent and predominate murder mystery. The trailer opens with a theater usher referencing the duo's previous pictures, lulling the audience into the lie that Dark Passage will be a carbon copy — hard evidence of the studio's nervousness over the film's risky style and somber story.
Audio and video information:
Video : 1.56 GB, 2109 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 130
Audio : 146 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55= AC3, CBR
Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Serbian, Turkish, Dutch, Romanian), posters and screenshots included