Deadline at Dawn (1946) **
Directed by Harold Clurman
This is the film I had a problem with-very talky, kind of boring even, and at times it was overly complicated. "Deadline at Dawn" tells about a sailor getting ready to ship back out again, but first he is certain that he killed a woman. And him picks up a hostess at a club and the two of them try to find the real killer in the course of one night-hence the title. I personally found nothing special about this virtually unknown noir. It's unknown for a reason. The script is pretty bad, laughable even and not in that cool Bogart way. There are lines like "You guys are ziggy when you should be zaggy" or when a man is about to go into jail-"I never would have thought I would need to know how to play a harp." It almost exceeded cool noir language and went into just tacky and lazy writing. Some of those lines were a highlight just for the laughs, but for the most part this is a very unexciting story.