Wrap Shot: Dark Passage

After shooing To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, Sidney Hickox, ASC completed a Bogart/Bacall film noir trifecta with this 1947 classic.

Shooting on location in San Francisco, cinematographer Sidney Hickox, ASC (center, in trenchcoat) looks on as Clifton Young and Humphrey Bogart duke it out for director Delmer Daves while shooting the classic Warner Bros. film noir thriller Dark Passage (1947). 

The film is notable for employing cinematography that avoided showing the face of Bogart's character prior to the point in the story at which he undergoes plastic surgery to change his appearance: 

Born in New York City in 1895, Hickox moved to Los Angeles soon after serving as a photographer for the U.S. Naval Air Service during World War I, joining the staff of First National Pictures. After the studio was bought by Warner Bros. in 1928, he remained there until his retirement from feature films in 1955. 

Hickox's other feature credits include the Bogart and Bacall classics To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, as well as A Slight Case of Murder, Edge of Darkness, White Heat, Distant Drums, God is My Co-Pilot and Them!


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