DOA- Film-Noir’s Highest Bar
by Jim Morgan
Tonight’s public domain movie was the all time classic D.O.A. starring Edmond O’Brien as Frank Bigelow who has just been murdered and spends the movie trying to figure out whodunit and why.
This movie was made in 1950 and the copyright holders failed to renew the copyright in 1977 so the movie went into the public domain. In 2004 this film made the National Film Registry as a film worth preserving.
If you’ve never seen this film this is the bar for the film-noir genre. This, in fact, might be the only five star film in the whole genre. The plot plods along in a few places and the romantic scenes are a bit hokey and formulaic but they do not detract from the overall rhythm and drama of this Hollywood classic.
This movie has been remade a couple of times but the remakes do not hold a candle to the original!
Check it out at archive.org publ