Friday Night's Classic Movie D.O.A.
Friday 8pm D.O.A. (1949) Drama - Frank Bigelow, who's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.
D.O.A. - Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week's fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he's been given a "luminous toxin" with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer.
· The scene in which Bigelow runs in panic through the streets after learning he has been poisoned was what is considered a ' stolen shot ' where the pedestrians along the sidewalk had no idea a movie was being made and no warning that Edmond O'Brien would be plowing through them.
· According to some sources, the idea for this film's unusual story line was taken from the German film Looking for His Murderer (1931) ("The Man Who Seeks His Murderer"), directed by Robert Siodmak and based on a play co-written by Billy Wilder. However, "D.O.A." does not appear to be a remake of the earlier film because, although there is a similarity in the basic premise--a man searching for his own murderer--the two stories are fundamentally different.