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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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Morris Carnovsky ...
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Sgt. Johnny Drake
Marvin Miller ...
Krause
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James Bell ...
Father Logan
George Chandler ...
Louis Ord
William Forrest ...
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Ruby Dandridge ...
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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John Cromwell's Dead Reckoning  »

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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 »

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Inside the hotel room, after the waiter goes out carrying the folding table, Murdock takes the cigarette from his mouth with his left hand. The next shot shows him holding the cigarette with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Say, when you get on again as a professor at some college, and I'm back running my cabs in St. Louis, send me up a problem in algebra once in a while, will you?
Sergeant Johnny Drake: Blonde or brunette?
Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Redhead in a sloppy joe sweater.
Sergeant Johnny Drake: I think you're a great guy, too, Rip, if that's what this conversation's about. Even in the U.S.A., this world.
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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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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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