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The Dark Past

Taken hostage along with his family and friends, psychologist Andrew Collins (Lee J. Cobb) is held by the murderous fugitive Al Walker (William Holden) and his gang. While Walker's crew, which includes his lover, Betty (Nina Foch), tends to the other hostages, the desperate mastermind talks to Collins about his troubled past. As the night progresses, Collins gets Walker to focus on a disturbing dream, resulting in a psychological breakthrough that may help avoid a violent conflict.

Release Date

December 22, 1948

Running Time

74 minutes

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William Holden

William Holden

Nina Foch

Nina Foch

Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb


Director Rudolph Maté

Screenplay Philip MacDonald, Michael Blankfort, Albert Duffy

Producer Buddy Adler

Cinematography Joseph Walker

Editing Viola Lawrence

Music George Duning

Distributor Columbia Pictures

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