One Way Passage

One Way Passage

DVD - 2010
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The seas are calm and the ship is sturdy, but the shipboard romance is doomed. Dan does not know that Joan is dying of an incurable disease. Joan does not know Dan is a convicted murderer en route to San Quentin. Still, they have four weeks to find happiness in each other's arms. Or will Dan forsake the love of a lifetime for his own life, using the vessel's Honolulu layover as a chance to escape the law?
Publisher: Burbank, California : Warner Home Video, [2010]
Edition: Fullscreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗1932
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (68 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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vlh
May 01, 2017

So glad I found out about this! This is a great romantic comedy along the lines of Ninotchka and will definitely get repeat viewings.

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Nursebob
Apr 25, 2017

If the premise sounds more corn than romance the actual film is a pure delight from its fluffy opening scene where Dan and Joan literally bump into one another to its oddly moving final fade to black. The art deco backdrops and slinky gowns are beautiful and even though the actors’ emotive performances belie their silent film roots (as does the orchestral score) Robert Lord’s Oscar-winning script saves the day with a fine balance of passion, pratfalls, and pathos. Aline MacMahon and Frank McHugh are especially good as onboard swindler "Barrel House" Betty and her drunken sidekick Skippy, she posing as a faux countess and he stumbling in and out of trouble while looking for his next drink—in fact the abundance of alcohol and sexual innuendo marks this production as strictly pre-Hays code. Grab a deck chair and enjoy!

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Jrichson Jan 08, 2015

Death ain't tough enough, he's got to fall in love.

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