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One Way Passage (Sep-1932)

Director: Tay Garnett

Writers: Joseph Jackson; Robert Lord; Wilson Mizner

Keywords: Romantic Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kay Francis
13-Jan-1905 26-Aug-1968 Trouble in Paradise
Aline MacMahon
3-May-1899 12-Oct-1991 Dragon Seed
Frank McHugh
23-May-1898 11-Sep-1981 The Roaring Twenties
William Powell
29-Jul-1892 5-Mar-1984 My Man Godfrey


William Powell   ...   Dan
Kay Francis   ...   Joan
Aline MacMahon   ...   Betty
Frank McHugh   ...   Skippy
Warren Hymer   ...   Steve
Frederick Burton   ...   The Doctor


Review by anonymous (posted on 27-Dec-2006)

I wasn't even born in 1932 when this wonderful film was first shown to the public. Saw it for the first time in my 50's on TCM. My mother, in her late 70's watched it with me and said it was one of her all time favorite movies. She said at the time she was so glad she could see it with her son, and that I really liked it. It's a tear jerker, but a great one. What a story about two unlikely lovers meeting in a Far East bar while a group is singing at a piano "If I Had My Way." The other music (background) is beautiful, but don't know what it is called. Kay Francis is just great as the dying Joan. So natural and unaffected, she really made you feel her desperation. She is lovely just as many women of the early and mid 1930's were because they knew how to fix their hair and dress (feminine) - - not hair that looks too long and stringy as practically every woman wears their hair today (cave-woman style) so their boyfriends can drag them around by the hair, I suppose. Who knows? And they wore PRETTY dresses in the 30's. That is so refreshing to see today because you almost never see a woman in a dress anymore. Ugh. William Powell is also good as Dan. He's smooth, and the way he looks at Joan especially when they first meet in the beginning - - WOW -- that's love. It was also poignant when the two toast each other at times during the film and then the toast at the end on New Year's Eve without them. This is one of the best original stories I have seen on film, and the two stars shine. I hope this film will be preserved for future generations who may appreciate it more than audiences of today.

Review by anonymous (posted on 31-Jul-2006)

This movie is for the whole family. A man wrongly condemned to death and a woman about to die from heart trouble are united on board ship. Two con artists friends of his decide to help unite the romantic couple in order to save William Powell and allow Kay Francis and Willaim Powell to stay together. This movie is for heart, don't worry about logic, just enjoy a fine movie. Sorry to say I could not find this movie for sale. It does sometimes play on TCM.

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