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Dark Waters (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 21 November 1944 (USA)
A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)

Writers:

Francis M. Cockrell (original story) (as Frank Cockrell), Marian B. Cockrell (original story) (as Marian Cockrell) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Leslie Calvin
Franchot Tone ... Dr. George Grover
Thomas Mitchell ... Mr. Sydney
Fay Bainter ... Aunt Emily
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Cleeve
John Qualen ... Uncle Norbert
Rex Ingram ... Pearson Jackson
Nina Mae McKinney ... Florella
Odette Myrtil ... Mama Boudreaux (as Odette Myrtle)
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Papa Boudreaux
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Minor Role (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Leslie Calvin, traumatized from being the only survivor of a torpedo attack on the ship she was traveling by, eagerly accepts her aunt and uncle's invitation to go live with them on a nice quiet estate. But when she arrives at the train station, no one is there to meet her and she is unable to ignore the feeling that something is terribly off. Is she slowly going mad or is there something darker going on? Written by Sam Goldberg <sgoldberg@wesleyan.edu>

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Was love or madness to be her fate? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Waters See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 27, 1944 with Merle Oberon and Thomas Mitchell reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

At dinner, when Cleeve is first introduced to Leslie Calvin, he is seen standing up as he politely helps her take her seat at the table. A split-second later he is already seated himself, eating soup. See more »

Quotes

Cleeve: Must be awful drowning in quicksand. Much worse than water. Water's cleaner at least, faster.
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Featured in Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest: Dark Waters (1970) See more »

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Elegant Merle Oberon has a breakdown--and can't seem to get a break--in Dixie.
18 May 2019 | by ksdilauriSee all my reviews

Most of the IMDb reviewers found something to like about this odd little flick, and so did I. For sure, it's not at the top of the thriller heap by any stretch, but it has some good moments and decent casting. The plot is standard for '40's Hollywood (translation: it would never happen in real life) but it gives Oberon's glam lady-in-distress an excuse to freak out and hook up with a conveniently sympathetic doctor, adequately portrayed by Tone. The supporting cast is the main recommendation here---particularly Thomas Mitchell, the gifted character actor. He rises above the melodramatic material and makes a convincing mystery man. Reliable Elisha Cook Jr.--who apparently had a long career playing weird loners with one facial expression--is a natural scene-stealer. The other players are there to try and make the plot believable while leads Oberon and Tone do their drama thing. (Credibility would have been improved if the characters---remember, this is set near New Orleans on a plantation---had even a trace of Southern accent. Nobody noticed when they were filming this thing???)


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