Deadline at Dawn (1946)

Deadline at Dawn


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Deadline at Dawn was based on a novel by Cornell Woolrich and adapted by Clifford Odets. When an off-duty sailor (Bill Williams) is framed for the murder of a girl (Lola Lane) at a card game, a dancer (Susan Hayward) helps him clear his name.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Written By: Cornell Woolrich, Clifford Odets
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as Helen Robinson

as Edna Bartelli

as Lester Brady

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as Lt. Kane

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as Sam, Taxi Driver

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as Billy White

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as Woman With Dog

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as Derelict

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as Bouncer

as Dancing Girl

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as Jerry Robinson

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as Sleepy Man

as Yerkes

as Policeman

as One-legged Man

as Detective Smiley

as Janitress

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as Capt. Dill

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as Snoring Man

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Critic Reviews for Deadline at Dawn

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... a film of shadows and secrets and moments of street poetry.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Parallax View

Though enjoyable by virtue of its distorted mise-en-scene, affection for NYC characters and its misplaced dialogue, this is not art but run-of-the-mill film noir.

Full Review… | November 10, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Deadline at Dawn

This film I found as part of the Film Noir Collection Volume 5 which can be found on Amazon. I was blown away by not only the storyline but also the acting. Paul Lukas stole the stage when he appeared in this movie. Bill Williams plays the I'm from the country and don't know squat about life Sailor, who wakes up in a newsstand after a all night drunk with 1400 dollars in his pocket, he goes to return to the girl he took it from to find her dead. He meets a B Girl (Susan Hayward)m who gets tangled up in his story, they try to find the killer, as they do more and more people are weaved into this story. The ending will blow you away, as it did me. I will not give it away here. This is the most enjoyable film, worth every minute of your time, It comes as a Double with Backfire another go film. Can believe I'm giving a old B&W Film 5 Stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Terrifically gritty noir. Susan, still a B actress at the time took a big step forward with this little gem, one of the great overlooked noirs. She's tough and no nonsense but caring. She also looks phenomenal considering she had given birth to twin boys just before making this. Bill Williams is just right as the naive gob and Paul Lukas adds great support as a cabbie who lends a helping hand. The film is also full of wonderful touches, Susan's snappy no-nonsense talk, the incidental characters the leads come across and the sets and set-ups of the shots with intriguing little details just randomly placed in the background. Well worth seeking out.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This was something I discovered via a recent TCM Film Noir spotlight, and while there's a few convenient plot twists, it's still a helluva lot of fun and worth a watch.


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