D.O.A. (1950) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week's fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he's been given a "luminous toxin" with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer.

    - Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
  • Frank Bigelow goes off to San Francisco for a week's holiday. He's a self-employed accountant and is engaged to his assistant Paula Gibson. He checks into the St. Francis Hotel and is soon partying with a group of salesman who are having a party. He ends up at a jive bar where a mysterious stranger switches drinks with him. He awakens the next morning feeling unwell and after having some medical tests is told that he's been poisoned and there is no cure. He has one week to live. When Paula tells him that a man in Los Angeles had been trying to reach him, he sets off to learn if there might be any connection to his current situation. Unfortunately - and too conveniently - the man committed suicide by jumping off his high rise apartment balcony not long after trying to contact him. He soon learns that some very shady characters are involved but why they might be interested in him is what he really wants to know.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • In Los Angeles, the accountant Frank Bigelow goes to the Homicide Division of the Police Station to report his murder and the captain and detectives listen to his intriguing story. Frank has an accounting office in the small town Banning, on the way to Palm Springs. He tells his secretary and fiancée Paula Gibson that he will travel alone to San Francisco to spend a couple of days on vacation expecting to have fun. Frank lodges in a hotel and befriends a group that is participating in the market week event. They go to The Fishermen and Frank is bothered by Sue, who is married with his host. Frank leaves the woman and meets the lonely socialite Jeanie and a man swaps his bourbon with another. Meanwhile Paula calls him telling that a man called Philips from Los Angeles wants to meet him. The next morning, Franks wakes up with hangover and goes to a medical building and the doctors tell him that he had drunk luminous toxin poison that affects vital organs and there is no antidote. Frank rushes to the Southern Pacific Hospital and the doctors confirm the diagnosis and give one week of life maximum. Frank Bigelow decides to investigate the reason why he was poisoned in a quest to find the truth.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

    - Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>


Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) begins his tale by walking into a Los Angeles police station and telling a detective "I want to report a murder...

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