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Dead Reckoning (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | February 1947 (USA)
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A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Oliver H.P. Garrett (screenplay), Steve Fisher (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Capt. 'Rip' Murdock
Lizabeth Scott ... 'Dusty' Chandler
Morris Carnovsky ... Martinelli
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Lt. Kincaid
William Prince ... Sgt. Johnny Drake
Marvin Miller ... Krause
Wallace Ford ... McGee
James Bell ... Father Logan
George Chandler ... Louis Ord
William Forrest ... Lt. Col. Simpson
Ruby Dandridge ... Hyacinth
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Storyline

Rip Murdock and Johnny Darke are en route to Washington when Johnny disappears and then turns up dead. Rip learns that Johnny had been accused of murder and sets out to find out what he can. He falls in love with Coral whose husband Johnny is supposed to have killed. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He Doesn't Trust Anyone . . . especially Women ! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Cromwell's Dead Reckoning See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lizabeth Scott was borrowed from Hal B. Wallis' company for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Murdock is listening Coral to sing, he leans his left elbow on the table and puts his hand to his face. In the next shot, before she stands up, his left hand is on the table. See more »

Quotes

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: You know, you do awful good. I came here to - but go ahead. Put Christmas in your eyes and keep your voice low. Tell me about paradise and all the things I'm missing. I haven't had a good laugh since before Johnny was murdered.
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Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Either It's Love or It Isn't
By Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Performed by Lizabeth Scott (dubbed by Trudy Stevens) (uncredited)
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No classic but very enjoyable nevertheless.
28 August 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

By the way he talks Humphrey Bogart thinks he's still Sam Spade and that Lizabeth Scott is Mary Astor but "Dead Reckoning" is no "Maltese Falcon". Nevertheless this convoluted film-noir is still extremely enjoyable if a little hard to follow. It was directed by John Cromwell in 1947 and while Mr Cromwell was no John Huston he was no slouch either so the film moves at a fairly professional clip and is never less than entertaining.

If there's a problem it probably lies in the over-egged script and the purple prose, courtesy of no less than five writers and that includes producer Sidney Biddell who came up with the original story. Bogart is excellent as always and there's nice work from Morris Carnovsky as a bad guy but Lizabeth Scott was certainly no Mary Astor and at times you wonder if her 'bad acting' is bad acting or just 'bad acting', if you get my drift. For some reason the film isn't much seen these days which is a pity because, while no classic, it really is a lot of fun.


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