Dark Passage (1947) – Episode 39

Dark Passage (1947)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. I was going to take on Key Largo (1948) but I got so excited by the crazy cabbies in Episode 38 – 99 River Street (1953) that I wanted to jump to another movie that had crazy cabbies as well and that movie is Episode 39 – Dark Passage (1947), another fine film noir classic featuring Humphrey Bogart and his beautiful wife Lauren Bacall.

Of course, Humphrey Bogart, playing the role of escaped convict Vincent Parry, is the star but they made the strange choice of not showing his face until around the one-hour mark. Although there are lots more to tell about Bogie I covered him in Episode 25 – Sahara (1943).

Lauren Bacall played the role of Irene Jansen. Bacall was born in 1924 in New York City. I’m seeing a trend. Bacall …

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Sahara (1943) – Episode 25

Sahara (1943)

Sahara (1943) is one of those wartime propaganda films that turned out to be pretty solid. They were usually shot very quickly and with a hastily written script. I have to always remind myself that we hadn’t won the war yet and these actors could have been executed if things had gone the other war. Nazi Germany may have seemed a long way from Hollywood but Pearl Harbor was relatively close, as the bomber flies. Released in November 1943, this movie predates D-Day by almost half a year.

Did I mention it stars Humphrey Bogart?

Well, this is my first milestone – 25 episodes so I am jumping line to bring you something special. And that special is named Bogart. So welcome to Episode 25 – Sahara (1943). This is one of those wartime propaganda films that turned out to be pretty solid. They were usually shot very quickly and with a hastily written script. I have to always remind myself that we hadn’t won the war …

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