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D.O.A. (1950) Poster

(1950)

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The scene in which Bigelow runs in panic through the streets after learning he has been poisoned was a stolen shot. The pedestrians had no idea a movie was being made and no warning that Edmond O'Brien would be plowing through them.
When Frank Bigelow registers at the Allison Hotel in Los Angeles, the name directly above is Russell Rouse, one of the writers. Also on the register is Ernest Laszlo, the director of photography and Marty Moss, the assistant director.
The Phillips Export-Import Co. where Bigelow is sent in Los Angeles has its offices in the Bradbury Building, an iconic office building in Los Angeles designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and the scene of numerous movie shoots from the 1940s into the 2000s. Among the most famous movies with scenes shot in the Bradbury are Blade Runner, Chinatown and I, the Jury.
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First credited part for Neville Brand.
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
Film debut of Beverly Garland (billed as "Beverly Campbell").
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The Life magazine displayed at the San Francisco newspaper stand where Frank Bigelow stops is the publication from September 12, 1949, with Yugoslavia's leader, Marshal Josip Broz Tito on the cover.
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 21, 1951 with Edmond O'Brien reprising his film role.
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According to the police report which was sent from the San Francisco Police Department to the Los Angeles Unit which classifies Frank Bigelow as a missing person, Frank is 33 years old.
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Pamela Britton plays Paula Gibson, the insecure and pushy girlfriend of Frank Bigelow, played by Edmond O'Brien. In 1951 Britton would be cast as Marge Porter in TV's The Bigelow Theatre (1950), a series of teleplays, but which had nothing to do with the name of Edmond O'Brien's character in this film.
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The acronym D.O.A. stands for "dead on arrival".
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This is Neville Brand's first credited part, not--as is often claimed--his debut. He had small, uncredited roles in a few films before this one, such as Port of New York (1949) and Halls of Montezuma (1950) (which was made before this film but released after it).
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