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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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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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Den långa natten  »

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Trivia

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

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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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A fine, fast firecracker of a film noir

Explosive lighting by cinematographer Nick Murasaca; a twisty, turning plot by mystery writer Cornell Woolrich; literate dialogue with heart from playwright Clifford Odets; and an estimable ensemble cast of fine character actors, plus a young, beautiful, and surprisingly effective Susan Hayward -- it all adds up to make this a little film noir gem.

It's a very New York piece, though it's also an example of RKO Pictures at its Hollywood best. And yet, for a film noir, there's a surprising sweetness, a current of innocence personified by the sailor boy accused of murder in a nocturnal urban jungle of violence, betrayal and corruption.

Highly recommended.


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