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Encyclopedia > D.O.A. (1950 film)
D.O.A.

D.O.A. DVD cover
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Produced by Leo C. Popkin
Written by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene
Starring Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) April 30 1950 (U.S.)
Running time 83 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

D.O.A. is a 1950 movie considered a classic of the film noir genre. The frantically-paced plot revolves around a doomed man's quest to find out who has murdered him – and why – before he dies. Image File history File links DOA_DVD_Cover. ... Rudolph Maté (January 21, 1898 - October 27, 1964) was an accomplished cinematographer and film director. ... Clarence Greene (1913 - 1995) was an American film producer and screenwriter who frequently collaborated with filmmaker Russell Rouse on a number of offbeat films. ... Edmond OBrien (September 10, 1915–May 9, 1985) was an American film actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A.. Born in New York, New York, OBrien made his film debut in 1938, and gradually built a career as a highly regarded supporting... Pamela Britton was an actress best known for appearing as Lorelei Brown in the television series My Favorite Martian. ... Luther Adler (May 4, 1903 – December 8, 1984) was an American actor best known for his work in theater, but who also worked in film and television. ... Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin (Russian: , Dmitrij Zinovevič Tëmkin, somtimes translated as Dmitri Tiomkin) (May 10, 1894 – November 11, 1979) was a film composer and conductor. ... Ernest Laszlo (April 23, 1898–January 6, 1984) was an American cinematographer. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining. ... See also: 1949 in film 1950 1951 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events February 15 - Walt Disney Studios animated film Cinderella debuts. ... See also: 1949 in film 1950 1951 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events February 15 - Walt Disney Studios animated film Cinderella debuts. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up plot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Some trace the film's plot to Der Mann der Seinen Mörder Sucht[1] (Looking for His Murderer), a 1931 German film by Robert Siodmak. The film was remade in 1969 (as the British Color Me Dead) and again in 1988 with Dennis Quaid as the protagonist. Robert Siodmak (August 8, 1900 - March 10, 1973) was a film director born in Memphis, Tennessee (sometimes his birthplace is stated as Dresden, Germany). ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... D.O.A. is a 1988 remake of the 1950 film noir of the same name. ... Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor. ...


Due to copyright law issues[citation needed], it has fallen into the public domain. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...

Contents

Plot

The film begins with a scene called "perhaps one of cinema's most innovative opening sequences" by a BBC reviewer[2]. The scene is a long, behind-the-back tracking sequence featuring Frank Bigelow (O'Brien) walking through a hallway into a police station to report a murder: his own. Disconcertingly, the police almost seem to have been expecting him and already know who he is.


The flashback that follows begins with Bigelow's deciding to take off from his hometown of Banning, California, where he is an accountant and notary public, for a one-week week in San Francisco. This does not sit well with Paula (Britton), his "confidential secretary" and love interest. Ban could be: ban, a decree that prohibits something, a form of censorship Ban, a king from Arthurian legend. ... Accountant, or Qualified Accountant, or Professional Accountant, or Accountancy Practitioner, is a certified accountancy and financial expert in the jurisdiction of many countries. ... An Embossed Notary Seal. ...


After crossing paths at his hotel with a group from a sales convention, Bigelow accompanies them on a night on the town. He ends up at a jazz club, where unknown to him, a man wearing an overcoat and hat swaps his drink for another.


By the next morning, Bigelow is feeling ill. He visits a doctor, where tests are performed and he is told he has swallowed a "luminous toxin" for which there is no antidote. (Its luminosity and references to iridium imply a form of radiation poisoning[3]). General Name, Symbol, Number iridium, Ir, 77 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 9, 6, d Appearance silvery white Atomic mass 192. ... Radiation Hazard symbol. ...

Edmond O'Brien as Bigelow in D.O.A.

With only a short time to live, Bigelow sets out to try to untangle the events behind his imminent demise, interrupted occasionally by phone calls from Paula. The murder involves gangsters and shady characters, but the key to the mystery is a bill of sale for stolen iridium, which Bigelow himself had unwittingly notarized. Image File history File links Edmond OBrien from D.O.A. (1950 movie) from DVD File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Edmond OBrien from D.O.A. (1950 movie) from DVD File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Edmond OBrien (September 10, 1915–May 9, 1985) was an American film actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A.. Born in New York, New York, OBrien made his film debut in 1938, and gradually built a career as a highly regarded supporting... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...


Bigelow tracks down and finds the person who had poisoned him, and shoots him to death in an exchange of gunfire. The flashback comes to an end, and Bigelow, now at the police station, dies. The police detective taking down the report instructs that his file be marked "DOA," or "dead on arrival."


Cast

Edmond OBrien (September 10, 1915–May 9, 1985) was an American film actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A.. Born in New York, New York, OBrien made his film debut in 1938, and gradually built a career as a highly regarded supporting... Pamela Britton was an actress best known for appearing as Lorelei Brown in the television series My Favorite Martian. ... Luther Adler (May 4, 1903 – December 8, 1984) was an American actor best known for his work in theater, but who also worked in film and television. ... Beverly Garland (born Beverly Lucy Fessenden on October 17, 1926) is a veteran American film and television actress with a half-century of credits, from cult 1950s B movies to the hit WB series 7th Heaven. ... Brand in D.O.A. (1950) Neville Brand (August 13, 1920 – April 16, 1992), was an American television and movie actor. ...

Critical response

The New York Times, in its May 1950 review, described it as a "fairly obvious and plodding recital, involving crime, passion, stolen iridium, gangland beatings and one man's innocent bewilderment upon being caught up in a web of circumstance that marks him for death"; O'Brien's performance was said to have had a "good deal of drive", while Britton added a "pleasant touch of blonde attractiveness"[4]. The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ...


Twenty-five years later, the same paper published a brief review of the film written by Wallace Markfield, characterizing it as one of a number of the "very best of the Bs ... made on workhouse budgets under coolie conditions" with a power "derived from the central image of one chunky, sweating, absolutely desolated human and from the way it puts the spectator inside that human's skin and nerves"[5]. Wallace Markfield (12 August 1926, Brooklyn, New York, USA — May 24, 2002, Roslyn, New York) was an American comic novelist best known for his first novel, To An Early Grave (1964), about four men who spend the day driving across Brooklyn to their friends funeral, and 1970s Teitlebaum...


In a 1981 book, Foster Hirsch continued a trend of more positive reviews, calling Bigelow's search for his own killer noir irony at its blackest: Foster Hirsch is a professor in the film department of City University of New Yorks Brooklyn College, and the author of sixteen books on subjects related to theatre and film. ...

"One of the films many ironies is that his last desperate search involves him in his life more forcefully than he has ever been before. The as is so. Tracking down his killer just before he dies — discovering the reason for his death — turns out to be the triumph of his life"[6].

A 2000 Salon.com review at the time of a DVD release of the film characterized it as a "high-concept movie before its time"[7]. Screenshot of Salon. ...


Perhaps the strongest endorsement came from the Library of Congress, which in 2004 added the film to its National Film Registry. The Great Hall interior. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


Trivia

  • The nightclub in this movie includes one of the earliest depictions of the Beat scene.
  • Liquid Television's Stick Figure Theater did a version of a scene.

“Beats” redirects here. ... Liquid Television was a 1990s animation showcase that appeared on MTV. The first season of Liquid Television originally aired on BBC Two. ...

Quotes

Bigelow: I want to report a murder.
Policeman: Who was murdered?
Bigelow: I was.


Policeman: How shall I make out the report on him, Captain?
Police Captain: Better make it 'dead on arrival'. Dead on arrival or DOA is a notation that a patient was brought to a hospital and immediately pronounced dead by a physician. ...


References

  1. ^ Movie Review from TV Guide
  2. ^ February 2001 review by David Wood, from the BBC website
  3. ^ Review from the All Movie Guide
  4. ^ Melodrama Opens at Criterion, a May 1, 1950 review of the film from The New York Times
  5. ^ Remembrances of 'B' Movies Past from the August 3, 1975 edition of The New York Times
  6. ^ Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen (1981, ISBN 0-306-81039-5) by Foster Hirsch
  7. ^ Review of the film from an August 2000 Salon.com article

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External links

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