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Deadline at Dawn (1946)

Approved  |   |  Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance  |  3 April 1946 (USA)
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When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon to be drafted sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

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Gus Hoffman
Bill Williams ...
Alex Winkley
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Val Bartelli
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Helen Robinson
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Edna Bartelli
Jerome Cowan ...
Lester Brady
Marvin Miller ...
Sleepy Parsons
Roman Bohnen ...
Frantic Man with Injured Cat
Steven Geray ...
Gloved Man - Edward Hornick
Joe Sawyer ...
Babe Dooley
Constance Worth ...
Mrs. Nan Raymond
Joseph Crehan ...
Lt. Kane
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Storyline

Alex, a sailor on leave, recovers from a drink-induced blackout with a large sum of money belonging to Edna Bartelli, a b-girl who invited him home to "fix her radio." He tries to return it with the reluctant aid of June Goth, a sweet but oh-so-tired dance hall girl; they find Edna murdered. Not quite sure he didn't do it himself, Alex and June have four hours in the dead of night to find the real killer before his leave ends. Their quest brings them into contact with a sleazy kaleidoscope of minor characters; clues get more and more tangled... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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3 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den långa natten  »

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Trivia

The only film directed by legendary stage director Harold Clurman. See more »

Goofs

When the man with the dead cat approaches the pet shop, there are puppies in the window. But shown from another angle, the window is empty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edna Bartelli: Why, it's Sleepy Parsons! Aren't you dead yet?
[pours a drink]
Edna Bartelli: Here's to nothin'.
[Sleepy takes out cigar]
Edna Bartelli: Still on your 20 cigars a day?
[Sleepy puts cigar away]
Edna Bartelli: Can't your heart take it, Sleepy?
Sleepy Parsons: You drunk again?
Edna Bartelli: Yes.
[...]
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Interesting murder mystery with young and lovely Susan Hayward
9 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched this film twice, and each time I was spellbound. It's a nice, tight little murder mystery that keeps your interest throughout the picture.

I watched this film being a Susan Hayward fan, and if you like her, you won't be disappointed. She plays a tough broad with a heart of gold underneath her city hardened exterior. However, the film stands on its own with solid performances, a surprise ending, a nice feel for Manhattan, some interesting dialogue, and an interesting plot.

According to the trivia posted, Bill Williams, the sailor, in real life was the father of William Katt, the star of the 1980's TV show "The Greatest American Hero" and also of the 1981 video stage version of "Pippin" with Martha Raye. I wondered who Bill was since he was not a well remembered name for audiences today.

It's worth watching, especially since you get a feel for the 1940's era with patriotic sailors, dance halls, nightclubs, and denizens of the long forgotten decade.


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