Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

D.O.A. (Touchstone Movie)

“D.O.A.” is a gripping film noir released in 1950, directed by Rudolph Maté. The movie stars Edmond O’Brien as Frank Bigelow, a small-town accountant who embarks on a rollercoaster ride of mystery and danger after he discovers he has been poisoned with a deadly radioactive substance.

The film opens with Frank taking a trip to San Francisco for a well-deserved break. However, his plans take a sinister turn when he becomes the victim of a poisoning at a local bar. Realizing he has been given a slow-acting poison with no cure, Frank has only days to live. Determined to find out who is responsible for his imminent death, he begins his desperate quest to solve his own murder.

The film follows Frank as he races against time, tracking down the people he interacted with during his trip and trying to unravel the mystery behind his poisoning. His investigation takes him into the dark underbelly of the city, filled with shady characters and unexpected twists.

As Frank’s life hangs in the balance, the tension escalates, and the audience is taken on a thrilling ride filled with suspense and intrigue. Edmond O’Brien’s performance as Frank is captivating, portraying the character’s desperation and determination with conviction.

“D.O.A.” is renowned for its innovative narrative structure, as the story unfolds mostly in flashback, with Frank narrating his journey to a police officer. This storytelling technique adds an extra layer of complexity to the plot, keeping the audience engaged and guessing until the very end.

The film’s black-and-white cinematography adds to the noir atmosphere, capturing the gritty and shadowy world that Frank finds himself in. The moody and atmospheric score enhances the film’s overall tone, creating a sense of unease and suspense.

“D.O.A.” is considered a classic in the film noir genre, renowned for its gripping plot, excellent performances, and creative storytelling. It has been praised for its innovative narrative style and remains a compelling and influential film to this day. If you enjoy suspenseful crime dramas with a touch of mystery, “D.O.A.” is a must-watch film that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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  • Dennis Quaid: Professor Dexter Cornell
  • Meg Ryan: Sydney Fuller
  • Daniel Stern: Hal Petersham
  • Charlotte Rampling: Mrs. Fitzwaring
  • Jane Kaczmarek: Gail Cornell
  • Christopher Neame: Bernard
  • Robin Johnson: Cookie Fitzwaring
  • Robert Knepper: Nicholas Lang
  • Jack Kehoe: Detective Brockton
  • Jay Patterson: Graham Corey


  • Directors: Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton
  • Producers: Ian Sander and Laura Ziskin
  • Screenplay: Charles Edward Pogue

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