D.O.A.

D.O.A.

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Director: Rudolph Maté

Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler

     
 

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"I want to report a murder...mine." So begins D.O.A. Told in flashback, the story tells of how vacationing CPA Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) becomes the recipient of a deadly poison known as iridium. Told by a doctor that he only has a few hours to live, Bigelow desperately retraces his movements of the previous 24 hours, trying…  See more details below

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"I want to report a murder...mine." So begins D.O.A. Told in flashback, the story tells of how vacationing CPA Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) becomes the recipient of a deadly poison known as iridium. Told by a doctor that he only has a few hours to live, Bigelow desperately retraces his movements of the previous 24 hours, trying to locate his murderer. Through the aid of his secretary Paula Gibson (Pamela Britton) (who doesn't know of her boss' imminent demise), Bigelow traces a shipment of iridium to a gang of criminals who've used the poison in the commission of a crime. Bigelow had been targeted because he'd notarized the shipment, which came from the chemical firm where he works. Though we know from the outset that Bigelow isn't long for this world, the film builds up an incredible amount of suspense towards the end, when master crook Holiday (William Ching) orders his crazed henchman (Neville Brand) to take Bigelow for "a ride." DOA was remade in 1988 with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
High-concept long before there was such a phrase, this classic noir takes a really big premise and runs like hell with it. Directed by acclaimed cinematographer Rudolph Maté (who shot The Passion of Joan of Arc and Vampyr for the legendary Carl Dreyer), D.O.A. stars Edmund O'Brien as an average-Joe businessman who, upon discovering he has been poisoned and has only a few days left to live, uses the time to investigate his own murder. Well crafted and Hitchcockian in its plot, D.O.A. is utterly gripping from beginning to end. The staging is a bit clunkier than Hitchcock would have managed, but this occasional awkwardness is redeemed by the film's subtle tongue-in-cheek tone. And O'Brien hits all the right notes of disbelief and despair before becoming nicely hard-boiled, bullying his way through his investigation in the manner of a man who truly has nothing left to lose. Some nice San Francisco and Los Angeles locations give the film plenty of atmosphere, as D.O.A. ultimately develops into a classic Chandler-esque L.A. noir. It has been remade since (badly), and probably will be again, but the original will be forever hard to top.
All Movie Guide
One of the most definitive films noirs, the suspenseful D.O.A. also features one of the greatest conceits in film history: a man trying to solve his own murder. Not many movies can boast the line, "You've been murdered." The existential anxieties lurking in other film noirs are at the forefront of D.O.A.: the "walking dead man" metaphor is no longer merely a metaphor. The underrated Edmond O'Brien was at his finest as the accountant fighting a fatal, slow-acting poison. The film was the first directorial effort from famed cinematographer Rudolph Maté (The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr), and would be his most enduring film. Though the production values were in keeping with B-movies of the time, the stylish black-and-white cinematography of Ernest Laszlo was creative even by expressionistic standards. D.O.A. has been remade twice, first as the average Color Me Dead and then as 1988's vapid D.O.A. (1988).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2015
UPC:
0644827310128
Original Release:
1950
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
46,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmond O'Brien Frank Bigelow
Pamela Britton Paula Gibson
Luther Adler Majak
Beverly Campbell Miss Foster
Lynne Baggett Mrs. Philips
William Ching Holliday
Henry Hart Stanley Philips
Neville Brand Chester
Laurette Luez Marla Rakubian
Jess Kirkpatrick Sam Haskell
Cay Forrester Sue
Virginia Lindley Jeanie
Michael Ross Dave
Lawrence Dobkin Dr. Schaefer
Frank Gerstle Dr. MacDonald
Carol Hughes Kitty
Diana Barrymore Actor
Jerry Paris Bell Hop
Beverly Garland Miss Foster

Technical Credits
Rudolph Maté Director
Irving Berns Makeup
Duncan Cramer Art Director
Mac Dalgleish Sound/Sound Designer
Maria P. Donovan Costumes/Costume Designer
Clarence Greene Original Story,Screenwriter
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Arthur H. Nadel Editor
Joseph H. Nadel Associate Producer
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
Harry M. Popkin Executive Producer
Leo C. Popkin Producer
Russell Rouse Original Story,Screenwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Winkler Sound/Sound Designer

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