Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.
Y'know, Edmond O'Brien got rough with a LOT of women in this movie. I completely forgot about that.
Guess that shaking the shit out of a woman was the standard procedure for getting info out of her in those days.
Now I'm semi-curious about Mad Men.
(Not enough to actually watch it, though.)
After watching damn-near every major character in Star Trek Into Darkness run around the Enterprise like crazy, it was refreshing to see Edmond O'Brien running around San Francisco like crazy. (Plus the Enterprise crashed near SF, so connection!)
I kinda forget how incomprehensible the plot became at times, but I also forgot the hilarious bit of coincidence that essentially drives the plot. Suddenly even being a…
Twisty noir with a great lead performance from Edmond O'Brien. What was with that slide-whistle?
...featuring one of the most annoying hit-men in noir as well as a fabulous proto-beatnik jazz-filled jumpin' jive joint where "the music sends me!"
The plot of D.O.A. has a very interesting core premise, but I felt that the odd directorial choices and the poor delivery of the revelations hampered it somewhat. Cartoony sound-effects come up a few times early on, and there are wipe transitions that aren't well-timed. It also feels like the plot moves on a bit too quickly, never letting the audience to think they know who did it before revealing them as a red herring (and that moment of "I got it; wait" is, after all, the fun of having red herrings). Read full review.
A notary goes to San Francisco for a break and finds himself poisoned, with days to live he tries to solve his own murder.
Noir flavoured high concept thriller, it moves at a break neck pace and includes some very nice location shooting and a funny, if cliched, jazz interlude. O'Brien is an abrupt nervy lead and you can't quite buy him having the impact he does on the various women and bad guys he meets but the movie moves along so quickly you can't really dwell on that.
Average film noir with interesting premise. Reminds me of Crank.
D.O.A : “Frank Bigelow: I want to report a murder.
Homicide Captain: Sit down. Where was this murder committed?
Frank Bigelow: San Francisco, last night.
Homicide Captain: Who was murdered?
Frank Bigelow: I was.” - Opening lines of Dialogue from D.O.A -
Arguably one of the darkest of the classic Hollywood Noirs; The 1950 film D.O.A (an acronym for Dead on Arrival) is regarded as a classic film-noir title due to its premise alone. Reflecting a paranoid Cold War US society, D.O.A tells the story of small Town business man called Frank Bigelow (Edmond O’Brien) reporting to the police how he was effectively murdered. Taking a vacation in San Francisco Bigelow is poisoned by an unknown assailant with…
It is a hastily done film based on a formula, but it seems to transcend its preset limits. An existential touch on how a man finally realizes that he has a "life" and has known nothing much about it until he faces the concept of death- there has been numerous films made on this idea, but only few films managed to deliver the punch.
Under the mask of banal white collar existence, there is a martyr-saint who is too brave, knowing that he is going to die soon anyways, but also merciless, knowing how time ticks and that he has to get rid of all the hindrance on his way.
Jason Statham would love this. It's just like Crank but all 'Film Noir' and stuff!
D.O.A. is a very easy to watch and fast paced crime film. The main plot premise is revealed right at the start and is something that kept me glued to see what would happen. I'm sure genre purists could pick holes in it, but I found it to be a very entertaining watch ...
... Apart from the stupid slide whistle whenever the main protagonist saw a nice looking lady. Totally unnecessary.