Dead Reckoning

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In Dead Reckoning, Rip Murdock (Humphrey Bogart) recites the film's plotline to a priest in the confessional. Murdock and Johnny Drake (William Prince) are Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, en route to Washington by train. Drake hops off and disappears, leading Murdock on a hectic manhunt. Upon meeting Drake's former girlfriend Coral Chandler (Lizabeth Scott), Murdock is thrown into a maelstrom of intrigue involving a crooked gambler (Morris Carnovsky) and a complex blackmailing scheme. The upshot of this is that Murdock finds himself the prime suspect in a murder.

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
as Capt. 'Rip' Murdock
Lizabeth Scott
as 'Dusty' Chandler
Morris Carnovsky
as Martinelli
William Prince
as Sgt. Johnny Drake
Charles Cane
as Lt. Kincaid
James Bell
as Fr. Logan
George Chandler
as Louis Ord
William Forrest
as Lt. Col. Simpson
Bob Ryan
as Detective
Lillian Wells
as Pretty Girl
Charles Jordan
as Mike the Bartender
Robert E. Scott
as Band Leader
Lillian Bronson
as Mrs. Putnam
Maynard Holmes
as Desk Clerk
Syd Saylor
as Morgue Attendant
George Eldredge
as Policeman
Joseph Crehan
as Gen. Steele
Garry Owen
as Reporter
Alvin Hammer
as Photographer
Pat Lane
as General's Aide
Frank Wilcox
as Desk Clerk
John Bohn
as Croupier
Sam Finn
as Raker
Ray Teal
as Motorcycle Policeman
Hugh Hooker
as Bellboy
Chuck Hamilton
as Detective
Joe Gilbert
as Croupier
Robert Ryan
as Detective
Grady Sutton
as Maitre d'
Byron Foulger
as Night Attendant
Tom Dillon
as Priest
Wilton Graff
as Surgeon
Sayre Dearing
as Croupier
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Critic Reviews for Dead Reckoning

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Audience Reviews for Dead Reckoning

  • Sep 05, 2010
    A good cast, but an average story, makes for an okay movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2009
    Another Humphrey Bogart Film that is over the top. Returning home from World War II, Captain "Rip" Murdock (Bogart) and Sergeant Johnny Drake are due for the Congressional Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross. Johnny Doesn't want not part of it and bolts from the train, only later to be found dead. Johnny's lover is played by Lizabeth Scott who everyone falls in love with. She?s not a Becall but she?s as pretty as any female from the after WWII Time Frame. 4 1/2 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2008
    If you like Bogart and Film Noir, put this on your future viewing list.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2008
    A marine freshly returned from service goes looking for his missing buddy and finds himself entangled in an old murder case. This film noir follows the formula almost to the letter, and has been copied and parodied many times since (most notably by Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). It's a little heavy on the melodrama, and the supporting cast don't quite live up the performance of it's lead; Lizabeth Scott is lovely to look at, but she's no Bacall. As it lacks the extra touch of class brought by Wilder or Huston, the film is carried entirely by Bogart who could make a Coco Pops commercial cool, tough and uncompromising, and he saves it from mediocrity with his typically charismatic performance. Generic but entertaining.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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