Thursday, July 23, 2009
Dark Passage #1
Lauren Bacall still seems startlingly modern when she appears on the screen in this odd film. She is standing in front of the apartment building she lives in at Filbert and Montgomery in San Francisco. The film is the story of a man who breaks out of prison, having been unjustly accused of his wife's murder. We don't see his face, although he has Humphrey Bogart's voice. Irene Jansen, the Bacall character, picks him up near San Quentin and hides him in her ritzy digs because she thinks he "got a raw deal". This is only the first of many preposterous goings-on.