January 9, 2014
Movie Night: D.O.A. (1950).
Review #524: D.O.A.
Edmond O'Brien (Frank Bigelow), Pamela Britton (Paula Gibson), Luther Adler (Majak), Lynn Baggett (Mrs. Phillips), William Ching (Halliday), Henry Hart (Stanley Phillips), Beverly Garland (Miss Foster), and Neville Brand (Chester) Directed by Rudolph Maté.
D.O.A. is certainly unique in its approach and also relatively easy to find due to it being in the public domain (Examples of movies in the public domain being Night of the Living Dead, Carnival of Souls and most notably, It's a Wonderful Life), and also being short to watch that also makes it a hidden gem. The actors do a fine job in a film noir that takes its own approach to entertain and bewilder, the mystery isn't inherently obvious nor overly complicated, it stands in the middle and it pays off relatively well. O'Brien stands out well, and Mate directs nicely enough. The movie has moments of brilliance (Such as O'Brien's character going to the Police station and reporting his own murder or when he finds out why he is even involved in this), and it certainly does not die on arrival.
Overall, I give it 8 out of 10 stars.