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One Way Passage


One Way Passage

One Way Passage
Directed by Tay Garnett
Produced by Robert Lord
Hal B. Wallis
Written by Robert Lord (story)
Wilson Mizner
Joseph Jackson
Tay Garnett (uncredited)
Starring William Powell
Kay Francis
Music by W. Franke Harling
Cinematography Robert Kurrle
Editing by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) September 1932
Running time 68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

One Way Passage (1932) is a romantic film starring William Powell and Kay Francis as star-crossed lovers, directed by Tay Garnett and released by Warner Bros. According to William Powell: The Life And Films much was filmed aboard the chartered S.S. Calawaii of the Los Angeles Steamship Company in late May 1932.

It was remade in 1940 as 'Til We Meet Again, featuring Merle Oberon and George Brent.

The lost First National silent The Blonde Saint has a similar but more exotic plot outline.


Dan Hardesty (William Powell) is an escaped murderer, sentenced to hang. In Hong Kong, he meets Joan Ames (Kay Francis), a terminally-ill woman, in a bar. They share a drink, then Dan breaks his glass, followed by Joan. Police Sergeant Steve Burke (Warren Hymer) captures Dan when he leaves (though out of sight of Joan) and escorts his prisoner aboard an ocean liner crossing the Pacific to San Francisco. On board, Dan jumps into the water in a bid to escape, dragging a handcuffed (and non-swimmer) Steve with him, but spots Joan among the passengers and changes his mind. Once the ship is underway, he persuades Steve to remove his handcuffs. Dan and Joan fall in love on the month-long cruise, neither knowing that the other is under the shadow of death.

By chance, two of Dan's friends are also aboard, thief Skippy (Frank McHugh) and con artist "Barrel House Betty" (Aline MacMahon), masquerading as "Countess Barilhaus". The countess distracts Steve as much as she can to help Dan. Just before the only stop, at Honolulu, Steve has Dan put in the brig, but he escapes with their help and goes ashore. Joan intercepts him and they spend an idyllic day together. When they drive back to the dock, Dan starts to tell her why he cannot return to the ship, only to have her faint. Dan carries her aboard for medical help, forfeiting his chance. Later, Joan's doctor tells Dan about her condition and that the slightest excitement or shock could be fatal.

Meanwhile, the "countess" has spent so much time with the policeman that a romance blooms between them. When they near the end of the voyage, he awkwardly proposes to her. She tells him her true identity, but he still wants to marry her. As Steve and Dan get ready to disembark, a steward overhears the grim truth and, when Joan comes looking for Dan, tells her. The two lovers part for the last time without letting on they know each other's secret, and Joan collapses after Dan is out of sight.

They had agreed to meet again on New Year's Eve, a month later. At the appointed time and place, a bartender is startled when two glasses on the bar break with no one around.

Cast (in credits order)


"One Way Passage" [...] offers quite a satisfactory entertainment. It has an original idea and the characters stand out clearly in their voyage aboard a vessel bound from Hongkong for San Francisco. […] Tay Garnett's direction is clever. He keeps the story on the move with its levity and dashes of far-fetched romance. - Mordaunt Hall, New York Times (19th October 1932)

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • TCM Movie Database
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