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"I want to report a murder...mine." So begins D.O.A. Told in flashback, the story tells of how vacationing CPA Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) becomes the recipient of a deadly poison known as iridium. Told by a doctor that he hasn't long to live, Bigelow desperately retraces his movements of the previous 24 hours, trying to locate his murderer. Through the aid of his secretary Paula Gibson (Pamela Britton) (who doesn't know of her employer's imminent demise), Bigelow traces a shipment of iridium to a gang of criminals who've used the poison in the commission of a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[VIDEO ESSAY] A high-concept movie before there was such a thing, "D.O.A." foreshadowed the poisoning of (possibly) Yasser Arafat and (definitely) Alexander Litvinenko - via polonium-210 - by a half-century."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Rudolph Maté's seminal thriller rapidly decomposes into a campy, confusing bore."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Crafty, potent little noir."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Sweltering Borgesian fantasy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It stands as one of the finest of the post-war B thrillers."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Contains one of the cleverest noir concepts ever. A great film."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Apesar de determinados elementos que não envelheceram bem (como as referências na trilha às paqueras do herói), tem uma premissa fascinante que consegue gerar boa dose de suspense."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Features a murder victim who acts as a detective to solve his own murder."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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