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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atonement
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...
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Found the DVD was damaged on arrival - tried playing it but the picture steadily got worse until you could not see the film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atonement, 7 Nov 2008
This review is from: D.O.A. [DVD] (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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars film noir at its bst, 16 Dec 2004
This review is from: Doa [DVD] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars A film noire classic in every sense of the word, 27 Sep 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doa [DVD] (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. The camera work is also quite effective, strongly conveying the increasing alienation Bigelow is faced with as the Grim Reaper makes plans to pay him an imminent visit. It is easy to become mesmerized by all of the story's twists and turns, as on top of the great atmosphere, you have to think about each new clue and surprise that Bigelow encounters on his mission. You have to admire Bigelow's relentless determination and quick-thinking mind, and he quickly transforms himself from a character of dubious merit and possibly ignoble feelings into a tragic hero/victim of classic proportions. If the whole luminous poisoning thing doesn't make you sympathize with the character, the neurotically suffocating burden of love he has to deal with continuously from Paula will. Other films have taken this idea of a poisoned man hunting down his murderer in his dying days and hours, but none has produced such a gritty tale that drips with realism and builds to the type of crescendo found in this remarkable film noire classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT FILM - POOR PICTURE QUALITY, 6 July 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a brilliant ruse!, 23 Mar 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: D.O.A. [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie!!, 16 Feb 2011
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This review is from: D.O.A. (1950) DVD   [2007] (DVD)
Now this is the one to watch. . .
I have recently watched the remake and it wasn't too bad in parts, but it really cannot compare with this B&W original.
It starts slowly, but begins to pile on the tension and mystery pretty quick and maintains it thoughout.
There was no need for swearing or stupid inuendo to keep the youngsters amused, (like the remake).
It relys on good story telling and fine acting.
Shop around though, as this later release is a bit pricy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Socrates once said "I drank what?", 1 Mar 2005
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien, you may remember him as Winston Smith in `1984' 1956) realizes after he had a one night fling that he does not feel so good. He feels bad enough to see a doctor. Yep he is D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival) as he has been poisoned and only has a little time left to live.

Obsessed with finding out who did it and why, Frank has to reconstruct his wild night. Will he find out in time? If so what then?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir Chick underestimates this film?, 24 Aug 2007
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This review is from: D.O.A. (1950) DVD   [2007] (DVD)
I'm worried that people reading NC's review might be put off by the lead being characterised as OTT. The central concept of having been murdered yet still, for who knows how short a time, alive is original and chilling. The fact that the victim functions coherently at all is remarkable (but of course there couldn't have been a film otherwise). There is a dreamlike sense of increasing physical detachment from the world with which he is still fighting to interact, where any face he sees might be the one that is important to solving his case.
Finally, the complete indifference of the police at a personal level - whose main concern seems to be what category to put the crime in for their paperwork.
A gut-wrenching film, if you allow yourself to fully empathise with the horror of the victim's situation and, inevitably, much much better than the remake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nights of the Living Dead, 2 July 2014
"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 experience of watching the movie, but enough to remind you that this is no Criterion Collection (or Masters of Cinema) job.

There are no special features on the Image DVD (which is region 1, by the way). All you get is one of the finest existential crime thrillers in the B movie canon. Frank Bigelow is a heel with a conscience, a man whose actions in the course of his hunt for his own killer are pointless, yet defining, perhaps even ennobling. The newsstand scene in which the panicked, dying Bigleow collapses, breathless, against a display of LIFE magazines, as the children he'll never have and the lovers he'll never enjoy pass by -- that scene lasts only a few telling seconds, but it's burned into my brain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars D.O.A. DVD, 4 Jun 2014
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The product was in excellent condition. It arrived ahead of schedule and was exactly what I expected from reading the description on the Amazon website.
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