->'''Frank Bigelow''': I'd like to report a murder.
->'''Captain''': Sit down. Where was this murder committed?
->'''Frank Bigelow''': San Francisco, last night.
->'''Captain''': Who was murdered?
->'''Frank Bigelow''': I was.

''D.O.A.'', or ''Dead On Arrival'', is a 1950 FilmNoir drama about a man named Frank Bigelow, who must frantically try to find out who wants him dead through poisoning- and why. The plot speeds as Frank recounts [[HowWeGotHere his past events]] to the police to get help.

Due to a filing error the copyright to the film was not renewed on time, causing it to fall into the PublicDomain, and as such [[http://www.archive.org/details/doa_1949 it can be downloaded here.]]

A remake starring Dennis Quaid was released in 1988.

If you're looking for the fighting game, see ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''.
!!!This film provides examples of:

* AxCrazy: Chester enjoys hurting people. He especially relishes the gutshot, since it kills people nice...and slow.
* ChainedHeat: In the remake only.
* DeadManWalking: The UrExample.
* DisturbedDoves: In the empty warehouse when Frank pursues the sniper.
* DoomedProtagonist: There's no cure...
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: TheHeroDies.]]
** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: But he at least manages to expose the villains whose plot led to his death.]]
* EndlessCorridor: In the innovative opening sequence.
* FilmNoir: One of the TropeCodifier[=s=].
* FollowTheLeader: Chester, like many killers in the FilmNoir era, was inspired by [[GigglingVillain Tommy Udo]] from ''Film/KissOfDeath''.
* ForegoneConclusion: Who was murdered? -- I was.
* {{Gayngster}}: Majak, possibly. The way he says "please, my boy", while smoothing over Chester's hair...
* GigglingVillain: Chester.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Frank finds a matchbook from The Fisherman club that the assassin who tried to shoot him dropped, confirming that it was indeed the same man who poisoned him.
* HesDeadJim: [[spoiler: Played straight as an an arrow in the final scene.]]
* HowWeGotHere: The framing structure of the movie.
%%* LivingOnBorrowedTime
* PerfectPoison: The "luminous toxin".
%%* TheReveal
%%* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco
* ShownTheirWork: In the credits--''before'' the actors' names are listed--a title card informs us that the poison described is totally a real thing (most likely phosphorus), and that "luminous poison" is an actual medical term.
* SlasherSmile: Chester.
* SlippingAMickey: How Frank is being poisoned.
* SoundtrackDissonance: This film has a surprisingly lighthearted score (relatively). Certainly more so than any other ''film noir''.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Used by Bigelow to great effect while interrogating Phillips' secretary.
* TitleDrop: "Mark his file... as DOA."
* WhiteCollarWorker: Frank was an accountant.
* WhoDunnitToMe: Pretty much the TropeCodifier.
%%* [[YourDaysAreNumbered Your Hours Are Numbered]]