Film Noir

D.O.A. (1950)

Director: Rudolph Maté
Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Neville Brand
Runtime: 83 min.

Frank Bigelow (Edmund O'Brien) goes to San Francisco for a last weekend of freedom and wakes up to find that he's been poisoned. With only days to live he and his girlfriend set out on a frantic search to find the killer and a reason why.

Trivia: D.O.A. stands for “Dead on Arrival, which is how the police categorize Frank's case after he comes to the station to report his own murder. Screenwriter Russell Rouse won a 1959 Best Screenplay Oscar for Pillow Talk. Director Rudolph Maté was best known as a cinematographer. Between 1941-1945 he received five nominations for the Best Cinematography Academy Award, but he never won. This film was the screen debut of Beverly Garland (Miss Foster). She went on to star in the 1980s hit TV show, Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Pamela Britton (Paula Gibson) is best known as the nosy neighbor in the hit 1960s TV show, My Favorite Martian.