Dark Waters (1944 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andre DeToth|
|Produced by||Benedict Bogeaus|
|Screenplay by||Marian B. Cockrell
|Based on||The Saturday Evening Post serial Dark Waters
by Francis M. Cockrell
Marian B. Cockrell
Elisha Cook, Jr.
|Music by||Miklós Rózsa|
|Cinematography||John J. Mescall
|Edited by||James Smith|
Benedict Bogeaus Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Dark Waters is a 1944 Gothic film noir based on the novel of the same name by Francis and Marian Cockrell. It was directed by Andre DeToth and starred Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone and Thomas Mitchell.
A shaken survivor of a ship sunk by a submarine travels to her aunt and uncle's Louisiana plantation to recuperate, but her relatives have other ideas.
- Merle Oberon as Leslie Calvin
- Franchot Tone as Dr. George Grover
- Thomas Mitchell as Mr. Sydney
- Fay Bainter as Aunt Emily
- Elisha Cook, Jr. as Cleeve
- John Qualen as Uncle Norbert
- Rex Ingram as Pearson Jackson
- Nina Mae McKinney as Florella
Slant Magazine's film critic, Glenn Heath Jr., liked the film writing, "Mood dictates narrative in Andre de Toth's Dark Waters, a hallucinatory jigsaw puzzle set in the deep swamps of 1940s Louisiana that becomes a perfect breeding ground for noirish shadows and deceptive wordplay ... Dark Waters ends with multiple dead bodies sinking into the bayou and Leslie directly confronting what one character calls her "persuasion complex." The bravura finale through the oozing locale is a stunner, and despite some surface romance that feels a bit forced, the film stays true to its mystically dark mood, a slithering distant cousin to Tourneur's I Walked with a Zombie.