Deadline at Dawn 1946

Deadline at Dawn

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A cabby (Paul Lukas) helps a New York dance-hall girl (Susan Hayward) look for clues to clear a sailor (Bill Williams) framed for murder.

Cast & Crew

Paul Lukas
Gus Hoffman
Bill Williams
Alex Winkley
Joseph Calleia
Val Bartelli
Osa Massen
Helen Robinson
Lola Lane
Edna Bartelli
Jerome Cowan
Lester Brady
Marvin Miller
Sleepy Parsons
Roman Bohnen
Frantic Man with Injured Cat
Steven Geray
Gloved Man
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Critic Reviews for Deadline at Dawn

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Audience Reviews for Deadline at Dawn

  • Mar 20, 2011
    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.
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  • Nov 10, 2008
    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.
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