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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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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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He Doesn't Trust Anyone . . . especially Women ! See more »


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Release Date:

16 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Cromwell's Dead Reckoning  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The role of Coral Chandler was originally intended for Rita Hayworth, but she had already been cast by her estranged husband, Orson Welles for the role of Elsa in The Lady from Shanghai (1947). See more »


When Krause pushes the "unconscious" Murdock into a chair, Murdock takes a step, while falling backward, to keep his balance. See more »


Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: [on the phone] Whattya mean, am I checkin' up on you? Of course. I am. I forgot to tell you, I don't trust anybody - especially women!
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) 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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A Neglected, Atmospheric Noir
3 May 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

While it may not be one of the all-time greats, "Dead Reckoning" is neglected even in the Noir category. Most viewers see it because of Bogart. There is good reason: any doubts about his acting ability are erased by this performance. He really had a gift for delivering the archetypal Noir dialogue with which this film is loaded.

Other cast members--Prince, Scott, Carnovsky--are very good. And a particular brand of Noir brutality plays a noteworthy role in this tale. But the main recommendation here is for the LOOK of the film. This is a prime example of Film Noir atmosphere at its most evocative. The opening shot of "Gulf City" at night is so beautiful, you want it to last much longer; Bogart's "confession" to the priest that frames the story in flashback is heavily shrouded in darkness; and the numerous nocturnal hotel scenes are threatening and darkly suggestive.

Worth seeing for a not too-convoluted plot, Bogart, and the atmosphere.

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