Silent Watcher wrote:
Just added 'The Big Combo' and 'Gun Crazy' to the old Netflix queue. And Kafka - I haven't seen that since it came out, I wonder how it'll hold up.
Has anyone seen 'Dark Passage'? Really REALLY weird noir with Bogart and Bacall, where the first half hour is shot all from Bogart's POV, Lady in the Lake style. The studio gave them hell for it because they paid all this money for Bogart and you don't see him for a third of the movie.
damnit...why didn't I discover this place years ago?? I like Dark Passage...aside from the POV thing, it's interesting as (I read this somewhere - trying not to place a spoiler in here) some of what Bogart's character did was contrary to what Hollywood code allowed at the time. I can't recall the reason as to why it was allowed a pass, so to speak.
Anyone seen "The Dark Corner"? Clifton Webb and Lucille Ball - really nice noir as well and great to see Ball in a role far removed from what everyone remembers her for....
I've watched "Dark Passage" a few times since I first read this thread, it's a very underrated gem, directed by Delmer Daves, based on a noir story written by David Goodis, which is even darker and pessimistic than the movie starred by Bogart and Bacall. The novel's original title was "The Dark Road", and after reading the galleys, Humphrey Bogart sent them to producer Jerry Wald with a note urging Warner Bros. to adapt them into a film for him and his wife, Lauren Bacall. Goodis objected to the studio imposing a happy ending on Dark Passage, with the final scene showing Bogart’s romantic reunion with Bacall in a coastal town in Peru.
Even in his relatively more optimistic novels, such as Dark Passage (1946), the sense that there is little hope for a happy future is evident in the opening lines: "It was a tough break. Parry was innocent. On top of that he was a decent sort of guy who never bothered people and wanted to lead a quiet life. But there was too much on the other side and on his side of it there was practically nothing. The jury decided he was guilty". (page 249)
His protagonists were usually passive, sometimes frightened men facing a bleak future. Death was ever-present, and an unrelenting sense of fatalism pervades his stories. Goodis' career followed a similar trajectory, for after briefly enjoying mainstream success as a novelist and screenwriter in the late 1940s, his career quickly faded.
Another of his novels "Nightfall" published in 1947, was adapted ten years later, into the film noir directed by Jacques Tourneur starring Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, and Anne Bancroft.
I made a video featuring scenes starred by Bogart and his female co-stars (Dark Passage appears too): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K72ewIskJqs
Last week I won a contest about Humphrey Bogart and I received the Essential DVD's collection, so I'm catching up with his early films in Warner and reading anecdotes behind the scenes:http://jake-weird.blogspot.com/2010/12/my-humphrey-bogart-collection.html