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deadline at dawn
- kevin sellers
Why Clifford Odets would want to be some unearthly combination of Damon Runyon and David Goodis when he could be Clifford Odets is anyone's guess (hubris would be my call) but it's a most dispiriting thing to watch and after 20 min or so I pulled the plug.
One of my FAVORITES!
- Harry Anifantakis
I love so many things about Deadline at Dawn. Susan Hayward was never more beautiful and Bill Williams is perfect as a naive innocent sailor. The writing by Odets is terrific; interesting, philosophical dialog, with great lines I never tire of. I love that Hayward keeps saying: "I hear the whistle blowing," evoking an impending doom for the innocent sailor, who is so dumb you want to slap him. Joseph Calleia is great as the ruthless gangster, saying about one of the women characters: "If you cut off her head, she'd be very pretty." Lukas has some good lines too, "You sigh like the end of summer," and "mankind was given speech to hide his thoughts." I've seen it a dozen times, and still, it's one of my favorites.
Deadline at Dawn
- Albert Collins
What a mess! Can't figure anything out. Doubt that Odets or Clurman could, either. Waste of Susan Hayward's considerable talent.
Peter Paul and Mary said "too much of nothin'..."
- el debbo
I agree with another reviewer...dull and talky. And I will wait for Phantom Lady, which I haven't yet seen.
Dead of Night-Life
It was interesting how several of the characters came out of nowhere in this movie, effecting a randomness of another plane as did their wondering, thoughtful, abbreviated speech- with & without an accent! No one could guess the ending which made the ins & outs of night vision that much more queer but the story finished its course soundly & nicely with no loose end,returning the viewer his tv room!
- john meyer
Dull and talky. Wait for Phantom Lady.
Saving Alex Winkler!
- Raymond Banacki
It's so hard to actually believe - that two theater giants - Harold Clurman and Clifford Odets - got together and collaborated on a film noir.
Yes It Can
- Richard Terrill
Most criticism of this 40's noir comment on its improbable circumstances peopled with believable characters. Feeling like I'm now sitting at one of those metal desks in the generic police station, I confess that those who say something like goes on in this film couldn't possibly happen. Yes it can. Young, out in the night, " reaching out" for whatever might happen, I've been there and if you one night just go out when you expect nothing to happen, the events and characters in this film could happen to you.
Deadline At Dawn
- Marilyn Breedlove
Stumbled across this delightful film early this morning. Susan Hayward caught my eye. She is young, beautiful & vibrant All I kept thinking during the film was get out of there & leave this alone! The film created an energy for me. Nothing in the background of this film drew me anyway from the actors. After Paul Lukas enters the film My eyes are stuck on him for the duration..Handsome, charming & sweet. I keep thinking of when He is telling Susan Hayward how much he loves his wife. Then tells her, she has been gone sixteen years. Oh, I felt the pain when he said "I shaved each night for six years, with the hope she would return" Broke my heart. The end was a complete surprise to me!
This one grabbed me!
And I'm not a film noir fan (Why doesn't someone turn on a light??) Crisp yet lush black-and-white, believable characters, terrific performances all around (though I'm not crazy about Bill Williams). You know that if Jerome Cowan is in it, the sleaze-factor jumps a few notches; and Joseph Calleia is a always major asset to any film. And the man with the cat...! Oh, I'll definitely have to see this one again! (Should mention Susan Hayward and Paul Lukas, too, but I don't need to. Terrific.)
Deadline at Dawn
- a just average guy
Sorry folks, this movie "S U C K S" !!...Big time !!...This movie "BLOWS"
Whomever wrote the TCM article attached to this movie is all wet. Hayward does not bulldoze her way through this film. The forties Hayward, unlike the fifties Hayward, was a seductress. She had finesse and warmth and intelligence and sex appeal to burn. "Deadline at Dawn" shows her at her most likable.
where is it?
This mystery movie is one of the few movies where you cannot guess the ending. Most mysteries are perdictable. Please restore to TV!