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Dead Reckoning (1947)

Passed  -  Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery  -  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Capt. 'Rip' Murdock
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'Dusty' Chandler
Morris Carnovsky ...
Martinelli
Charles Cane ...
Lt. Kincaid
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Sgt. Johnny Drake
Marvin Miller ...
Krause
Wallace Ford ...
McGee
James Bell ...
Father Logan
George Chandler ...
Louis Ord
William Forrest ...
Lt. Col. Simpson
Ruby Dandridge ...
Hyacinth
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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

16 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Cromwell's Dead Reckoning  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the train scene, after they discover that Drake is to receive the Medal of Honor, Murdock quips that maybe the president will let Drake "sit on top of his piano". This is a reference to a then-scandalous photo of Harry Truman playing piano with a leggy blonde on top that was taken at the National Press Club in 1945. The blonde was Lauren Bacall. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Johnny, why don't you get rid of the grief you got for that blonde, whoever she is? Every mile we go, you sweat worse with the same pain. Didn't I tell you all females are the same with their faces washed?
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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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Good Start & Finish But Uninvolving Overall
5 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The bulk of this film, the middle of it, was just too slow for me, hence the so-so rating. The beginning and endings were very good, especially several scenes in the final half hour. There were several twists concerning Lizabeth Scott's character that kept you guessing.

There were other things going for this film, such as Humphrey Bogart's narration. He had a lot of good lines in here, either narrating or talking to others. He and Scott were the stars but some of the supporting players also were great, such as Morris Carnovsky as the tough-guy aide, "Martinelli. " Also, they may not be big names but Charles Cane, William Prince, Marin Miller, Wallace Ford and James Bell all added nice performance here.

Yet, with all this going for it, I didn't find the film as involving as it should have been. Perhaps another look someone will change my mind.


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