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 <email@example.com>
In the train scene, after they discover that Drake is to receive the Medal of Honor, Murdock quips that maybe the president will let Drake "sit on top of his piano". This is a reference to a then-scandalous photo of Harry Truman playing piano with a leggy blonde on top that was taken at the National Press Club in 1945. The blonde was Lauren Bacall. See more »
Capt. Murdock is looking through a directory which seems to be in alphabetical order except for the fact that Municipal Laboratory was listed BEFORE Morgue. See more »
Magnificent Film-Noir One of the Best I Have Ever Seen
In one night after the Second World War, Capt. Warren 'Rip' Murdock (Humphrey Bogart) goes to a Catholic church and confess to a priest that he has been chased by the police and gangsters, and he would like to clean the name of his best friend, Sgt. Johnny Drake/John Joseph Preston (Wiliam Prince). He explained that Johnny was in love of a woman, Coral 'Dusty' Chandler (Lizabeth Scott). When they returned to USA, through the airport of La Guardia (N.Y.), they were confidentially sent by train to Washington. When they found that they would be decorated for their performances in the war, Johnny rushed to another train and vanished. Murdock decided to investigate the reason for such a behavior, and found in an old newspaper that Johnny was accused of murdering Coral's husband some years ago, and he had enlisted the Army with a false name, trying to escape from the crime. He moved to St. Louis, trying to meet Johnny, but instead he confronted a powerful mobster, Martinelli (Morris Carnovisky), had trouble with the local police and felt in love with Carol. "Dead Reckoning" is an authentic film-noir, with all the necessary "ingredients": the fatal woman, lots of money, sordid environment, crimes and dirty cops. However, the story of "Dead Reckoning" is magnificently developed in flashbacks and is very engaging, with many plot points, having a wonderful black and white photography, using perfectly the effects of the shadows, a very gorgeous actress Lizabeth Scott with a beautiful voice and Humphrey Bogart, my favorite actor ever. The dialogs are fantastic, having very sharp lines. I really liked this unknown film a lot, and I believe that fans of film-noir will certainly appreciate it. My vote is ten.
Title (Brazil): "Confissão" ("Confession")
29 of 51 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this