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Dead Reckoning (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | February 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.


John Cromwell


Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay), Steve Fisher (screenplay) | 3 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Capt. 'Rip' Murdock
Lizabeth Scott ... 'Dusty' Chandler
Morris Carnovsky ... Martinelli
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Lt. Kincaid
William Prince ... Sgt. Johnny Drake
Marvin Miller ... Krause
Wallace Ford ... McGee
James Bell ... Father Logan
George Chandler ... Louis Ord
William Forrest ... Lt. Col. Simpson
Ruby Dandridge ... Hyacinth


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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Lauren Bacall said she thought Lizabeth Scott did a good job. See more »


While throwing baseballs towards an empty chair Murdock makes a reference to the 1946 World Series between Boston and St. Louis. The movie takes place in April of 1946, before anyone could have known which teams would be playing. See more »


Martinelli: I gather, Mr. Murdock, that you've been around, as the saying is?
Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: East St. Louis is around enough.
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References To Have and Have Not (1944) See more »


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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All the dialog sounds like Raymond Chandler clichés...
29 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Every time HUMPHREY BOGART opens his mouth to say anything, it sounds like deja vu all over again. His role as a tough-talking ex-GI looking for his buddy's murderer and moving among a bunch of unsavory characters is the kind of material Raymond Chandler could have written with his eyes shut.

The stock heroine is played with sultry charm by LIZABETH SCOTT, who seems to be subbing for Lauren Bacall throughout the murky proceedings. She even sings a torchy night club number in the same style as Bacall, but is not quite as alluring--nor does her chemistry with Bogart seem as strong.

Bogart's string of one-liners make him sound like Philip Marlowe, detective, rather than a man on the hunt for a killer who gets drugged by the gambling joint owner and when he wakes up, discovers a corpse in his apartment. The corpse is a bartender who knew too much about the murder of Bogart's buddy.

It's a typical Bogart movie of the '40s, film noir material that's well handled by director John Cromwell. While it doesn't have the impact of the high quality noirs like THE MALTESE FALCON, it will keep you guessing until the smart finish.

Bogart gets all the nifty lines. "If you're looking for Easter bunnies, you're a day early." He delivers a solid performance that makes much use of voice-over narrative. Scott is okay, but she's had better roles in other films of the forties.

Worth watching, especially if you like faux Chandler-type material. There's an Astor/Bogart quality to the final confrontation between Bogart and Scott. He even has the line that sounds like it's lifted from THE MALTESE FALCON: "When a guy's buddy dies, a man's gotta do something about it."

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Release Date:

February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Cromwell's Dead Reckoning See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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