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D.O.A. back to product details

D.O.A. only O.K.
written by eifert July 6, 2004 - 9:53 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
D.O.A. is shot in the classic film noir style, and that's why I enjoy it so much.

The plot is the gimmick that sold the movie. A man is poisoned and only has a little time to live. He tries to solve the murder before he drops dead. The mystery plot is confusing. Even when the killer is revealed I still had half a dozen questions unanswered. Is it worth the watch? Yes. Is it The Postman Only Rings Twice? No, Postman had plot holes, but that wasn't why that movie was successful. It was because the leads were so convincing. The scenes of goofy Edmund O'Brian being smooth with the ladies are very funny, but totally unrealistic. O'Brian was not a leading man. The secondary characters seemed pulled from other movies. The foreigner Luther Adler could have been playing a part in Casablanca. Also, the director could have done without the slide-whistle wolf call whenever O'Brian saw a dame he liked.

Director Rudolph Maté (cinematographer for Pride of the Yankees & Sahara) did better with sound cues when O'Brian was trying to think of the night before, and the sound of the jazz club quietly played in the background. With a talented Cinematographer directing, it's no surprise that the movie's visual style is excellent.
San Francisco looks great.

DOA dud
written by Basil918 April 16, 2004 - 12:10 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Absurd dialogue, choppy action, confusing plot. But great shots of late-40s San Francisco.


(Average 6.92)
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