D.O.A. (1950) B/W 83 m dir: Rudolph Maté

w/Edmund O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly (Garland) Campbell, Lynne Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Neville Brand, Laurette Luez, Jess Kirkpatrick

From The Movie Guide: "A clever ruse for suspense. Murder victim O'Brien discovers he has been poisoned and, in his remaining days, tries to track down his own killer. He's a CPA who arrives in San Francisco to get some time away from fiancee Britton but after a night on the town he grows ill and consults a doctor who tells him he has been poisoned and he will be dead in a few days. He then learns that he notarized a shipment of deadly indium and that he is the only one who can provide proof against a criminal gang. O'Brien is great as the victimized businessman, harassed by the psychopathic Brand and the sinister Ching. Mate's direction suitably increases O'Brien's pace as the story unravels and the plot becomes more hectic, particularly when the bloodthirsty Brand is ordered to take O'Brien out and murder him. Mate also makes spectacular use of exterior locations, giving the film a very different feel from most studio-bound entries. The film takes much of its basic story line from Robert Siodmak's 1931 German-made DER MANN, DER SEINEN MORDER SUCHT. The story line was the basis for the 1969 Australian Film COLOR ME DEAD. Remade poorly in 1988 with Dennis Quaid and again titled D.O.A."