Thursday, January 7, 2010
One of my favorite Bacall/Bogart films is "Dark Passage." If you haven't seen it, I will give you a little background and trivia.
Released in 1947, "Dark Passage" tells the story of convicted wife-murderer Vincent Parry (Bogart), desperately trying to prove his innocence.
--When Vincent reads the newspaper clipping about Irene's father, the accompanying photograph of her father is that of director/screenwriter Delmer Daves.
--Franz Waxman's main title music for this movie is exactly the same as that used in To Have and Have Not (1944), for which he was uncredited.
--Warner Bros. paid $25,000 for the rights to the David Goodis novel, which was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post from 20 July-September 7, 1946.
--The actual Art Deco apartment building used in the film (located at 1360 Montgomery St in San Francisco) is still standing as of December, 2008. The actual apartment is marked by a cardboard cut-out of Bogart, which can be seen from the street. The site is visited frequently by fans of vintage film noir.
--When Humphrey Bogart is riding in the car with Clifton Young during his escape, the voice on the radio is supplied by Dane Clark, another Warner's player.
--The third of four films made by husband and wife Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
--The first film in which Humphrey Bogart wore a full hairpiece.