GenreDrama, Film-Noir, Mystery ProducerBenedict Bogeaus CountryUnited States
Release dateNovember 21, 1944 (1944-11-21) (United States) Based onThe Saturday Evening Post serial Dark Waters
by Francis M. Cockrell
Marian B. Cockrell WriterFrancis M. Cockrell (original story), Marian B. Cockrell (original story), Joan Harrison (screenplay), Marian B. Cockrell (screenplay), Arthur T. Horman (additional dialogue) CastMerle Oberon (Leslie Calvin), Franchot Tone (Dr. George Grover), Thomas Mitchell (Mr. Sydney), Fay Bainter (Aunt Emily), Elisha Cook Jr. (Cleeve), John Qualen (Uncle Norbert) Similar moviesIce Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The Boy Next Door, Black Swan, The Third Man, Hell Drivers, Once Upon a Time in the West
TaglineWas love or madness to be her fate?
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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.
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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.