frank gerstle


D.O.A. (1950) is a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, considered a classic of the stylistic genre. The frantically-paced plot revolves around a doomed man’s quest to find out who has poisoned him – and why – before he dies. The film begins with a scene called “perhaps one of cinema’s most innovative opening sequences” by a BBC reviewer. The scene is a long, behind-the-back tracking sequence featuring Frank Bigelow (O'Brien) walking through a hallway into a police station to report a murder: his own. Disconcertingly, the police almost seem to have been expecting him and already know who he is.        


Edmond O'Brien - Frank Bigelow
Pamela Britton - Paula Gibson
Luther Adler - Majak
Beverly Garland - Miss Foster
Lynne Baggett - Mrs. Philips
William Ching - Holliday
Henry Hart - Stanley Philips
Neville Brand - Chester
Laurette Luez - Marla Rakubian
Jess Kirkpatrick - Sam
Cay Forester - Sue
Virginia Lee - Jeanie
Michael Ross - Dave
Lawrence Dobkin - Dr. Schaefer
Frank Gerstle - Dr. MacDonald
Carol Hughes - Kitty
Fred Jaquet - Dr. Matson
Donna Sanborn - Nurse

Director: Rudolph Mate
Writers: Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene