If you jones for film noir as I most certainly do, here is a classic. D.O.A, starring Edmund O’Brien
"I want to commit a murder"
"Who was murdered?"
DOA (med code for dead on arrival), directed by Rudolph Maté, is frantically paced drama about the doomed man’s quest to find out 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. ( More here)
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