Dead Reckoning (1947)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  16 January 1947 (USA)
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A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow.



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Complete credited cast:
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William Forrest ...
Lt. Col. Simpson
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Rip Murdock and Johnny Darke are en route to Washington when Johnny disappears and then turns up dead. Rip learns that Johnny had been accused of murder and sets out to find out what he can. He falls in love with Coral whose husband Johnny is supposed to have killed. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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16 January 1947 (USA)  »

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John Cromwell's Dead Reckoning  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Re-released in 1955, as a double-feature with I Am the Law (1938). See more »


When Murdock is listening Coral to sing, he leans his left elbow on the table and puts his hand to his face. In the next shot, before she stands up, his left hand is on the table. See more »


Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Here goes nothin, kid. Geronimo.
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Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) See more »


Either It's Love or It Isn't
By Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (dubbed by Trudy Stevens) (uncredited)
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Brutal Film Noir
31 January 2004 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

One of Bogart's best, a brutal Film Noir with a surprising ending, & filled with sharp, witty dialog. Lizabeth has never looked more beautiful than here, & although her acting ability is overmatched by Bogart, she would improve in her later films & she's adequate in this role. There's glimpses of the basic "Maltese Falcon" plot here: Bogey searches out & seeks revenge for his partner, even some of the dialog is similar in that respect. If you like Bogart or if you like Film Noir, you can't go wrong with this one! And by the way, this is a REAL Film Noir, not in the newer use of this phrase (recently, people have been calling any B&W crime drama made in the 1940s a "Film Noir"). This film has all the classic Film Noir elements: lots of shadows & stark contrasts (in the beginning, Bogart speaks from shadows so dark that one can hardly see his face), a spoken narrative, a "hero" who works outside the law, a murder mystery, & a heroine who may not be a heroine.

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