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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.

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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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"I forgot to tell you...I don't trust anybody...especially women!" (original poster) 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 »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-released in 1955, as a double-feature with I Am the Law (1938). See more »

Goofs

After Murdoch tells his story to the priest, he leaves the church, and as the priest looks at the open door the rain starts up, haltingly, the obvious product of a garden hose. See more »

Quotes

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Say, when you get on again as a professor at some college, and I'm back running my cabs in St. Louis, send me up a problem in algebra once in a while, will you?
Sergeant Johnny Drake: Blonde or brunette?
Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Redhead in a sloppy joe sweater.
Sergeant Johnny Drake: I think you're a great guy, too, Rip, if that's what this conversation's about. Even in the U.S.A., this world.
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Connections

References To Have and Have Not (1944) 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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Avenging A Pal
2 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart and William Prince should be psyching themselves up for the big moment of their lives in Dead Reckoning. Bogey's put Prince up for the Congressional Medal of Honor. But Prince doesn't react to that quite the way one would expect. He jumps the train in Philadelphia on the way to Washington, DC and disappears and Bogey starts his own hunt for him and an explanation.

The trail leads to Prince's hometown and Bogey learns that Prince was fleeing a murder rap when he joined the service. There's a girl involved to, Lizabeth Scott who Columbia was trying to build up into their version of Lauren Bacall. Of course the best way to do that was team her with Humphrey Bogart. Prince also winds up dead and Bogey's really on a mission now.

Dead Reckoning borrows very heavily from The Maltese Falcon in terms of Bogart's character motivation. He was avenging a partner, admittedly one he wasn't crazy about, in The Maltese Falcon. Here he's looking for answers and vengeance on whoever might have murdered his war time buddy. That was a common theme in a lot of post World War II films. The audience, heavily populated with veterans, could understand Bogart's motivation back then easily.

And because Humphrey Bogart is such a skilled player, today's audience can appreciate it. Dead Reckoning is not the best of Humphrey Bogart's films, but it's still entertaining.

By the way, the ending confrontation is also out of The Maltese Falcon, though a bit more violent.


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