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D.O.A. (1950)

Edmond O'Brien , Pamela Britton , Rudolph Maté  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett
  • Directors: Rudolph Maté
  • Writers: Clarence Greene, Russell Rouse
  • Producers: Harry M. Popkin, Joseph H. Nadel, Leo C. Popkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8WR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "D.O.A." on IMDb

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Edmund O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Neville Brand. Frank Bigelow, an accountant, is visiting a club in San Francisco when a mysterious stranger doctors his drink with a poison that gives him just one week to live. Frank races against time to find out who poisoned him and why. 1950/b&w/83 min/NR/fullscreen.

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forces Beyond Our Control. October 13, 2003
A man named Frank Bigelow (Edmund O'Brian) shows up at Los Angeles police station to report a murder: his own. Frank is dying of luminous toxin poisoning. He recounts to police the incredible story that brought him to be at the brink of death in this police station in a strange city. Just a few days ago, he was a small business owner in a little town called Banning. He had an adoring girlfriend, Paula Gibson (Pamela Britton), who was also his personal secretary. But Frank had cold feet about marrying Paula and decided to take a little vacation to San Francisco to give himself some air. Paula called to tell him that a man named Phillips was desperately trying to reach him, but the name didn't ring a bell. The next day, Frank found out that he had been fatally and irreversibly poisoned. Frank's increasingly frantic search for the identity and motivation of his murderer takes him to two cities, into the criminal underworld, and onto the wrong end of several pistols before all is done.
Rudolph Mate's "D.O.A." is a film noir classic. And it takes the cynical view typical of the genre. Frank is a man whose fate is entirely beyond his control. As the audience roots for Frank to solve the mystery and find his murderer, fate unabashedly mocks his efforts. Frank is a dying man; what earthly difference will it make if he finds his killer? Whatever Frank does, the result will be the same. And it's all because he notarized a bill of out of hundreds of bills of sales. Who knew what being a notary could lead to? But for a movie with such a cynical story to tell, "D.O.A." has always been immensely popular. I think that's because Frank Bigelow is an "everyman" who rises to the occasion when difficult circumstances require it. He's not too smart and not too dumb. He has a nice girlfriend...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars D. O. A. June 25, 2010
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This was early in my career as a stuntman. I doubled Edmund O'Brian in the flick...and also, was his stand in. They have remade this picture but I think the original is the best. Lot's of intrigue, etc. The old black and white movies were the best of all. You will enjoy this picture.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film noir classic in every sense of the word September 26, 2003
1950's D.O.A. is classic film noir, one of the true classics of the genre. The characters are intense, everyone is up to something, and the clock is ticking for one Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien), who must attempt to find his own murderer before his last grain of sand trickles to the bottom of the hourglass. Bigelow is an accountant who up and takes a week off to visit San Francisco, ostensibly to get away from his secretary and incredibly needy, codependent, marathon-talking girlfriend Paula (Pamela Britton). Once he arrives at the hotel, he's like an elephant in a peanut factory, trying to go every direction at once in order to have a good time with every woman he sees. While the neurotic Paula broods, Bigelow goes out to paint the town red with a gang of his hotel neighbors, only to wake up the next morning feeling less than healthy. A trip to the doctor's office instantly changes his entire perspective on life, for he finds out that he has been poisoned with a luminous toxin, for which there is no cure whatsoever. With anywhere from a day to two weeks to live, he starts off on a relentless quest to discover his murderer. The plot takes a number of twists and turns, and it can get a little confusing at times because of all the characters and all the shenanigans each of them are pulling. Bigelow has nothing to lose, though, and he refuses to give up as long as he has a breath left in his body.

D.O.A. starts off a little slow, and the fact that a silly musical wolf call greeted the appearance of any woman early on had me doubting the merits of this film, but when things really get going, they really get going. The action and suspense build inexorably with each passing minute of the film, and the background music only reinforces the gripping effect upon the viewer.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One OF The best Film Noir's Ever Made! September 29, 2001
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D.O.A. starts off with one hell of a bang a hulky and overwhelmed Edmund O'Brien musters his way into a ploice station. As h emakes his way through the marble paved floors and pass the columns and the passage ways he finally arrives at the end of his journey. The journey to get him there is one that is so tight and compelling that when O'Brien announces that he has already been murdered the film turns into to a stark tail of death and lust told in flashback! O'Brien is Frank Bigelow an accountant who takes a trip to forget about his lover and just have a casual afair or two while in San Francisco. While in San Francisco heh finds a few hot ladies at his hotel and then he is whisked away to a Jazz club where he is poisoned and there isn't as antidote! the film moves ahead at whiplash speed from here. Shadows are cast over O'Briens hulking frame and sweat pours over his brow as he begins his trek to find his killer. th eplot and dialogue is as tight as any top grade Noir. But the most shoking element of the whole film is O'Brien he never once lets the viewer down he follows through with pure human emotion and if it seems like he is over actingn to some he is just playing a real life scenario oout on screen if you wer just poisoned would you be calm! Excellent Noir's have all the elements of the past from the sharp cut suits to the sheen of the telephones and with D.O.A. O'Brien seems to make all these elements seem ever more stark and fleeting with the fact that O'Brien is dying his precious reunion with the love he left for a good time seems more like fate instead of like the last time he will be in complete bliss! O'Brein is so powerful and commanding that i nver wanted him to die even though i knew it was inevitable now that makes the film as a whole a masterpiece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Action packet in the traditional fashion.
Published 29 days ago by Ed Luiz
2.0 out of 5 stars Everything is here except the look of a "remastered" B&W movie. View...
The quality of this remaster is underwhelming. The standard for the remastering of this film is the version created by Ignite Films
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Noir Entry With Some Sketchy Acting In Parts. Nice Historical...
Like "The Lineup", this is both an entertaining noir feature (although not quite as good) and a decent historical record of its period, in both Los Angeles and San... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gryphonisle
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Published 3 months ago by Maryann Karaczun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great film-noir film. they sure don't make them like this anymore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nights of the Living Dead
"Beautifully restored from the producer's negative"? Well, the Image Entertainment DVD is no better than it has to be: dirt, scratches, and jitter abound, not enough to ruin the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roochak
4.0 out of 5 stars I prefer the ROAN dvd to the Image Entertainment one
There are many dvd versions of D.O.A. out there. I purchased the versions from ROAN and Image Entertainment (because those were the two versions that looked best from the five... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tino
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great film Noir movies.
This DVD version has very good quality, always enjoy watching this movie again and again.
Always seem to notice nuances I missed before.
Published 5 months ago by Samuel P. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This poor guy! Someone has poisoned him and he doesn't know why! He has to figure out who and why this has happened to him. Great suspenseful ending.
Published 5 months ago by lovethemysteries
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