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D.O.A. (DVD) (1949) (All Regions) (NTSC) (US Import) [1950] [Region 1]


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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8WR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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O'Brien/Britton/Garland/Baggett/Ching ~ D.O.A. (1950)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 7 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Forget the 'famous' Dunkirk tracking scene in Atonement; here is a fine tracking shot at the start of this brilliant 1950 classic noir DOA. This scene of this movie is justly famous; Frank Bigelow (the excellent Edmond O'Brien)walks into a police station saying he wishes to report a murder -his own. The movie then goes into flashback mode and we witness the events that brought about his predicament and his tracing of the killer who poisoned Bigelow with a slow acting poison. It is a clever story and kudos should be bestowed upon the writers Clarence Greene and Russell Rouse for the ingenious plot .

This is O'Brien's movie and he is rarely absent from the screen. He does a superb job of holding things together displaying what an under-rated actor he was. Rudolph Mate's direction is exemplary.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "fizz_pop_02" on 16 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
I have to say before I begin that I this film was in my brothers collection and I watched it on a rainy day, it turned out to be one of the greatest afternoons and has launched me on a giant film noir quest.
I loved the fact that the ideas in the film were new and fresh, Frank Bigelow heads out to San Francisco for a holiday but becomes mysteriously poisoned and finds out he only has 48 hours left to live. So Frank turns from accountant to detective in order to find out his murdered before he dies.
Needless to say you are with Frank for every step of the way, and this film really keeps you on the edge of your seat every second. With none of special effects from today's Hollywood the film is much more connective with you. Basically this film is a must see even if are normally a blockbuster type of person.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
1950's D.O.A. is classic film noire, 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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Frank Bigelow is in San Francisco for a break away from his fiancée, after a night on the town he wakes up and feels a bit under the weather, after consulting a doctor he is told he has been poisoned by a luminous toxin and only has a few days to live. This sets Frank off on a furious journey to find out who is responsible, and why?

Thus is the story of this cracking mystery thriller, Edmond O'Brien is Bigelow and layers it perfectly, from Frank's calm soaking in of the events to the frantic slam bangery as he draws closer to his goals, it's a great show. The pace is perfect from director Rudolph Maté as he eases us gently thru the first third, and then ups the pace to keep us alive to the fraught nature of Bigelow's plight. Genuine menace drops into the picture in the form of Neville Brand's hit-man Chester, whilst Pamela Briton as Paula Gibson is a solid female presence in amongst the grimy feel of the story.

Hugely enjoyable. 8/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Williams on 6 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I WOULD HAVE GIVEN THIS FILM 5 STARS BUT FOR THE DISAPPOINTING PICTURE QUALITY. HAVING SEEN IT BEFORE ON THE TV I SEEM TO REMEMBER IT BEING MUCH SHARPER. NEVERTHELESS, THIS IS A GREAT STORY - VERY UNUSUAL AND GRIPPING RIGHT TO THE END. THE FILM GOES AT A BREATHTAKING PACE AND EDMUND O'BRIEN PLAYS A GREAT PART. FOR ME HE IS A VERY UNDER-RATED ACTOR AND HE HAS BEEN SUPERB IN ALL THE FILMS I HAVE SEEN HIM IN.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
This 1950 film noir directed by legendary cinematographer Rudolph Maté (he of Dreyer and Welles fame) is a fast-moving, edge-of the-seat, rather original tale of one man's (Edmond O'Brien's Frank Bigelow) fight to find a murderer (his murderer!) before he succumbs to the effects of the deadly poison with which his drink has been laced. And what is, for me, most surprising is that despite the fact that Maté's film is overly melodramatic and cliché-ridden (yes, I know that is one of the key trademarks of this film genre), to the extent that it is almost impossible to take it seriously, it still manages to carry you along with it (for me, at least, with a big grin of astonishment on my face).

Topped and tailed with a flavour of Billy Wilder's masterpiece Double Indemnity, as having identified himself to questioning police as a murder victim, Bigelow recalls in flashback his sorry tale and Maté's film sets in train a plot so convoluted as to make The Big Sleep look like an episode of Coronation Street, whereby, following a business trip to San Francisco (and a 'hip' and 'jiving' jazz club), Frank discovers himself suffering from luminous poisoning (courtesy of a mickey at the night club), and thereafter starts to uncover a plot involving an underhand transaction for the purchase of iridium (to which Frank was 'party' via his auditing business). We then get shots of O'Brien running through the San Francisco streets (for some reason) to Dimitri Tiomkin's rousing score, some evocative night-time shots courtesy of cinematographer Ernest Laszlo and our hero being rebuffed at every turn in his pursuit of his 'murderer'.
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