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D.O.A. (1950)




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"I want to report a murder...mine." So begins D.O.A. Told in flashback, the story tells of how vacationing CPA Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) becomes the recipient of a deadly poison known as iridium. Told by a doctor that he hasn't long to live, Bigelow desperately retraces his movements of the previous 24 hours, trying to locate his murderer. Through the aid of his secretary Paula Gibson (Pamela Britton) (who doesn't know of her employer's imminent demise), Bigelow traces a shipment of iridium to a gang of criminals who've used the poison in the commission of a crime. But for much of the film, it remains unclear why Bigelow himself was targeted. Though we know from the outset that Bigelow isn't long for this world, the film builds up an incredible amount of suspense towards the end, when Bigelow is taken "for a ride" by a psychopath (Neville Brand). with a penchant for pummeling his victims in the belly. DOA was remade in 1988 with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Clarence Greene, Russell Rouse
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On DVD: Apr 30, 1950
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Edmond O'Brien
as Frank Bigelow
Pamela Britton
as Paula Gibson
Beverly Garland
as Miss Foster
Beverly Campbell
as Miss Foster
Lynne Baggett
as Mrs. Philips
William Ching
as Holliday
Henry Hart
as Stanley Philips
Laurette Luez
as Marla Rakubian
Lawrence Dobkin
as Dr. Schaefer
Frank Gerstle
as Dr. MacDonald
Fred Jaquet
as Dr. Matson
Jerry Paris
as Bell Hop
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Critic Reviews for D.O.A.

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

...an underwhelming thriller that could and should have fared so much better.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

[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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2014

Sweltering Borgesian fantasy

Full Review… | February 4, 2010

Audience Reviews for D.O.A.


"I want to report a murder." "Who was murdered?" "I was." One of the great "grabber" openings in movie history doesn't disappoint, leading to a tense and fatalistic noir about a poisoned accountant searching for his own killer.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Frank Bigelow is an accountant living on borrowed time. Someone has slipped luminous toxin into his bourbon and now he has just a few days to solve his own murder. D.O.A. is over-acted, over-scripted and under-appreciated. An absolute delight!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

An extremely exciting, suspenseful movie, a really good movie.

Aj V

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