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The Dark Past (1949)




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In the film remade from a play and a 1939 movie called Blind Alley, a convicted killer (William Holden) escapes from prison and is looking for a hideout. He finds the right cabin and holds hostage a psychiatrist (Lee J. Cobb) and his family who are vacationing there. The psychiatrist tries to use psychological strategies to convince the crook to let his family go.


William Holden
as Al Walker
Lee J. Cobb
as Dr. Andrew Collins
Nina Foch
as Betty
Adele Jergens
as Laura Stevens
Stephen Dunne
as Owen Talbot
Lois Maxwell
as Ruth Collins
Steven Geray
as Prof. Fred Linder
Wilton Graff
as Frank Stevens
Charles Cane
as Sheriff
Harry Harvey Jr.
as John Larrapoe
Pat McGeehan
as Commentator
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Past

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Another of the era's barely tolerable advertisements for Freudian psychoanalysis.

May 16, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

"The Dark Past" is minor film noir from Maté that frames light psychoanalytic notes, but it seems to me that its intrigue is absent like a prisoner on the run. [Full review in Spanish]

June 30, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Rudolph Maté's The Dark Past is a superb noir remake of Charles Vidor's subpar proto-noir Blind Alley (1939).

April 16, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

... a minor noir notable largely for Holden's uncharacteristically feral performance...

October 13, 2007 | Full Review…

A stagy remake of the Chester Morris film "Blind Alley" (39).

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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