D.O.A. (1950 film)
D.O.A. a film noir
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 drama film
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 directed by Rudolph Maté
Rudolph Maté
Born in Kraków , Maté started in the film business after his graduation from the University of Budapest. He went on to work as an assistant cameraman in Hungary and later throughout Europe, sometimes with noted colleague Karl Freund...

, is considered a classic of the genre
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. The frantically paced plot revolves around a doomed man's quest to find out who has poisoned him – and why – before he dies.

Leo C. Popkin produced the film for his short-lived Cardinal Pictures, but failed to renew the copyright in 1977, so that it has fallen into the public domain
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. The Internet Movie Database
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 shows that 22 companies offer the VHS or DVD versions, and the Internet Archive
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The film begins with what a BBC reviewer called "perhaps one of cinema's most innovative opening sequences." The scene is a long, behind-the-back tracking sequence featuring Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien was an American actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A. and his Oscar winning role in The Barefoot Contessa...

) walking through the hallway of a police station to report his own murder.

[After being told his grim prognosis] Do you realize what you're saying? You're telling me that I'm dead!

I can breathe and I can move, but I'm not alive because I took that poison, and nothing can save me.