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      D.O.A.

      Released Dec 23, 1949 1h 23m Crime Drama List
      88% Tomatometer 25 Reviews 75% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula (Pamela Britton), begins to trace back over his last steps. As he frantically tries to unravel the mystery behind his own impending demise, his sleuthing leads him to a group of crooked businessmen and another murder. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety Mate's direction of the first portion of the story lingers too long over it, spreading the expectancy very thin, but when he does launch his suspense-building it comes over with a solid wallop. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Nick Schager Slant Magazine Rudolph Mat's seminal thriller rapidly decomposes into a campy, confusing bore. May 1, 2006 Full Review Walter Goodman New York Times Incidental pleasures include a bevy of suspiciously beautiful women... the wide lapels and fedoras favored by the heavies, and the ''in'' talk of the period, featuring words like ''hip,'' ''jive'' and ''kicks.'' Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Is an intriguing film noir by Rudolph Maté. Although the plot is familiar to me in its presentation of fraud, passion and murder, it's entertaining enough to keep me hooked. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Aug 3, 2020 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...an underwhelming thriller that could and should have fared so much better. Rated: 2/4 Oct 27, 2015 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com [VIDEO ESSAY] A high-concept movie before there was such a thing, "D.O.A." foreshadowed the poisoning of (possibly) Yasser Arafat and (definitely) Alexander Litvinenko - via polonium-210 - by a half-century. Rated: A- Apr 27, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Deke P Interesting. & some glookn dames. EDMUND O'BRIEN, for a paunchy guy with not much charisma he sure starred in lots movies. He gets poisoned (POLONIUM? same stuff Putin uses on opponents?) and has a day to solve mystery. & an unrecognizable younger NEVILLE BRAND played Chester. I givin it a 3 1/2 RT stars, 'good'. Never heardo til saw on the tv screen 3.30.23 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A good premise is hindered by somewhat uneven execution until a solid third act saves the day. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Nadya R Great film noir! Edmond O'Brian, Luther Adler, Neville Brand are stand-outs! LOVE the overly dramatic theme music, photography, the whole schmaggege! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/11/21 Full Review Audience Member Contrary to its title, the movie starts with an electric, enlivening conceit only to falter from poor, enervating execution. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member There are some cringeworthy moments in this noir. For instance, there's a sequence where the protagonist sees multiple attractive women at a party and we hear the corniest wolf-whistles. In another scene, the acting with Edmund O'Brien and Pamela Britton, when they proclaim their love for one another has to be the worst over-the-top performances ever seen. But, overlook the blemishes. The premise is great and the ending won't cheat you. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review andy f Get past the awful first 10minutes and the worst leading lady in history and much of this twisty noir is entertaining if you can keep your wits about you. It's novel but far from the classic many say it is. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula (Pamela Britton), begins to trace back over his last steps. As he frantically tries to unravel the mystery behind his own impending demise, his sleuthing leads him to a group of crooked businessmen and another murder.
      Director
      Rudolph Maté
      Producer
      Leo C. Popkin
      Screenwriter
      Russell Rouse, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Clarence Greene
      Production Co
      Cardinal Pictures
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 23, 1949, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 17, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 23m
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