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‘D.O.A.’ shows that one’s perception of everything changes in the face of certain death

20 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene

Directed by Rudolph Maté

U.S.A., 1950

In a terrifically dramatic opening, D.O.A. begins with a series of smooth tracking from behind one man as he walks the corridors of police headquarters whilst the credits appear in the forefront. When the man’s face is revealed, the viewer learns that it is actor Edmond O’Brien, here playing one Frank Bigelow, modest accountant and public notary. Once seated with the police captain he reveals that he has been murdered! Is Frank Bigelow a ghost? No, but he is a dead man walking as the viewer quickly learns when the picture flashes back to the start of Bigelow’s tale when he chose to go on vacation in San Francisco alone, much to the initial consternation of his infatuated girlfriend Paula (Pamela Britton). It is at a bar one night in San Francisco that »

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