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Deadline at Dawn (1946)

When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

Directors:

Harold Clurman, William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)

Writers:

Clifford Odets (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (based upon a novel by) (as William Irish)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... June Goffe
Paul Lukas ... Gus Hoffman
Bill Williams ... Alex Winkler
Joseph Calleia ... Val Bartelli
Osa Massen ... Helen Robinson
Lola Lane ... Edna Bartelli
Jerome Cowan ... Lester Brady
Marvin Miller ... Sleepy Parsons
Roman Bohnen ... Frantic Man with Injured Cat
Steven Geray ... Edward Honig
Joe Sawyer ... Babe Dooley
Constance Worth ... Nan Raymond
Joseph Crehan ... Lieutenant Kane
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Storyline

Alex, a radio-specialist sailor on leave, recovers from a drink-induced blackout with a large sum of money belonging to Edna Bartelli, a B-girl who invited him home to fix her radio. He tries to return the money with the reluctant aid of June Goffe, a sweet but oh-so-tired dance hall girl. They find Edna murdered. Not quite sure he didn't do it himself, Alex and June have four hours in the dead of night to find the real killer before his leave ends. Their quest brings them into contact with a sleazy kaleidoscope of minor characters as the clues get more and more tangled. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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dance hall | dance | sailor | clue | money | See All (99) »

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KILLER HUNT!...Four Hours to Go! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Den långa natten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alex's rating in the U.S. Navy is Radioman 2nd Class (RM 2/c). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film the main characters exit the 8th Police Precinct.It is night time and the streets are deserted.Yet when June and Alex drive away in the police car we can see through the back window of the vehicle the streets bustling with activity,cars and people and it's bright and sunny. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edna Bartelli: Why, it's Sleepy Parsons. Aren't you dead yet?
[Sleepy takes out a cigar, Edna pours a drink]
Edna Bartelli: Here's to nothin'. Still on your twenty cigars a day?
[Sleepy puts cigar away]
Edna Bartelli: Can your heart take it, Sleepy?
Sleepy Parsons: You drunk again?
Edna Bartelli: Yes.
Sleepy Parsons: Took you a long time to answer the door.
Edna Bartelli: [laughs] It's a great relief being divorced from you, Sleepy, dear.
[...]
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A fine, fast firecracker of a film noir
27 April 2002 | by billwisserSee all my reviews

Explosive lighting by cinematographer Nick Murasaca; a twisty, turning plot by mystery writer Cornell Woolrich; literate dialogue with heart from playwright Clifford Odets; and an estimable ensemble cast of fine character actors, plus a young, beautiful, and surprisingly effective Susan Hayward -- it all adds up to make this a little film noir gem.

It's a very New York piece, though it's also an example of RKO Pictures at its Hollywood best. And yet, for a film noir, there's a surprising sweetness, a current of innocence personified by the sailor boy accused of murder in a nocturnal urban jungle of violence, betrayal and corruption.

Highly recommended.


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