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 Film Noir 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 his past events to the police to get help. Download the movie here.A remake starring Dennis Quaid was released in 1988.If you're looking for the fighting game, see Dead or Alive.
This film provides examples of:
- Ax-Crazy: Chester enjoys hurting people. He especially relishes the gutshot, since it kills people nice...and slow.
- Chained Heat: In the remake only.
- Dead Man Walking: The Ur Example.
- Disturbed Doves: In the empty warehouse when Frank pursues the sniper.
- Doomed Protagonist: There's no cure...
- Downer Ending: The Hero Dies.
- Bittersweet Ending: But he at least manages to expose the villains whose plot led to his death.
- Endless Corridor: In the innovative opening sequence.
- Film Noir: One of the Trope Codifiers.
- Follow the Leader: Chester, like many killers in the Film Noir era, was inspired by Tommy Udo from Kiss of Death.
- Foregone Conclusion: Who was murdered? — I was.
- Gayngster: Majak, possibly. The way he says "please, my boy", while smoothing over Chester's hair...
- Giggling Villain: Chester.
- He's Dead, Jim: Played straight as an an arrow in the final scene.
- How We Got Here: The framing structure of the movie.
- Shown Their Work: 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.
- Slasher Smile: Chester.
- Slipping a Mickey: How Frank is being poisoned.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: This film has a surprisingly lighthearted score (relatively). Certainly more so than any other film noir.
- Standard Female Grab Area: Used by Bigelow to great effect while interrogating Phillips' secretary.
- Title Drop: "Mark his file... as DOA."
- White Collar Worker: Frank was an accountant.
- Whodunnit to Me: Pretty much the Trope Codifier.
Alternative Title(s):Dead On Arrival
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