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Deadline at Dawn (1946)

When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

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Alex Winkler
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Val Bartelli
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Helen Robinson
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Edna Bartelli
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Lester Brady
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Sleepy Parsons
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Edward Honig
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Alex, a radio-specialist 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 the money with the reluctant aid of June Goffe, 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 as the clues get more and more tangled. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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dance hall | dance | sailor | clue | money | See All (99) »

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18 March 1946 (Sweden)  »

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Den långa natten  »

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Edna's apartment is depicted as being across the street from the 17th Precinct - which was and is on East 51st Street - on the east side of midtown Manhattan. See more »

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At the end of the film the main characters exit the 8th Police Precinct.It is night time and the streets are deserted.Yet when June and Alex drive away in the police car we can see through the back window of the vehicle the streets bustling with activity,cars and people and it's bright and sunny. See more »

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[first lines]
Edna Bartelli: Why, it's Sleepy Parsons. Aren't you dead yet?
[Sleepy takes out a cigar, Edna pours a drink]
Edna Bartelli: Here's to nothin'. Still on your twenty cigars a day?
[Sleepy puts cigar away]
Edna Bartelli: Can your heart take it, Sleepy?
Sleepy Parsons: You drunk again?
Edna Bartelli: Yes.
Sleepy Parsons: Took you a long time to answer the door.
Edna Bartelli: [laughs] It's a great relief being divorced from you, Sleepy, dear.
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One of the Best - and Unfortunately Forgotten - of the Film Noir Genre
11 September 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

It is a shame that this is an all but forgotten example of Film Noir. Hopefully it will make a comeback. A sailor has apparently killed someone and has until dawn to find the real killer. Bill Williams, sort of a poor man's Lloyd Bridges, is serviceable as the sailor. But stealing the entire film and dominating the plot is a wonderful Susan Hayward, who somehow manages to be beautiful, sexy, and tough as nails as she in effect plays a hard-bitten private detective tracking down the truth. I would have loved to have seen Hayward, as a female, play one of those 1940's private eyes, or try her hand at the Stanwyck role in "Double Indemnity". But she's good enough here. If you spot this movie, SEE it. Hayward makes a good movie even better.


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