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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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Complete credited cast:
Morris Carnovsky ...
Charles Cane ...
Sgt. Johnny Drake
Father Logan
Louis Ord
William Forrest ...
Lt. Col. Simpson
Ruby Dandridge ...


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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16 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Cromwell's Dead Reckoning  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Carla mentions it has been two days since she last saw Johnny. Night comes. People sleep. Day comes. Carla says it has been two days since she last saw Johnny. Should be three now. 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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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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