You've GOT to change that razor blade!DARK PASSAGE

(1947)
With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett, Tom D'Andrea
Directed by Delmer Daves
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     With a rather ludicrous premise and more plot holes than Sonny Corleone at a tollbooth, DARK PASSAGE is nevertheless loads of fun.  The first half of the film makes great use of the first-person, subjective-camera gimmick (with Lauren Bacall looking seductively into the viewer's eyes, how could it miss?), and Bogey and Bacall manage to establish their usual steamy chemistry throughout, even though we don't see Bogart's face until the film is half over.  It's a picture where you just go along for the ride, not asking too many questions about the logic of it all, enjoying Bogey and Baby, the great San Francisco scenery and, especially, Agnes Moorehead's over-the-top Queen Bee performance. - JL

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