DOA

  • PG
  • Rudolph Maté (1949)
  • US
  • 83 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This may not be the best film noir of the immediate postwar period, but it's one of the most unusual - how many people get to hunt for their own murderer? Edmond O'Brien responds to that unenviable challenge with grim determination in this slow-burning thriller that perhaps takes a mite too long to catch light. But once the scene is set, director Rudolph Maté takes us on a tortuous journey through the less salubrious parts of Los Angeles. Moodily shot by Ernest Laszlo and with a cracking score by Dimitri Tiomkin, it stands up well to the 1988 Dennis Quaid remake.

Plot Summary

Film noir starring Edmond O'Brien. When Frank Bigelow discovers he has been given a deadly, slow-acting poison, he desperately races around San Francisco trying to hunt down his own killer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Frank Bigelow
Edmond O'Brien
Paula Gibson
Pamela Britton
Majak
Luther Adler
Miss Foster
Beverly Garland
Mrs Philips
Lynne Baggett
Halliday
William Ching
Stanley Philips
Henry Hart
Chester
Neville Brand

Crew

Director
Rudolph Maté

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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