The New Pictures, Sep. 22, 1947

The Dark Passage (Warner) builds up a remarkably long and effective delayed entrance for its star, Humphrey Bogart. During the first several reels, the camera—along with the audience—sees the world through the hero's eyes: rolling downhill in a barrel (he is a convict making a break); watching a cop's hand paw dangerously into his hideout in Lauren Bacall's auto (he is a convict getting a break); watching Miss Bacall register lovelight as she looks into the lens (a break cinemaddicts have had before).

Eventually, the camera gazes up at a sinister doctor (Housely Stevenson)...

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