Deadline at Dawn

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

'Golly, the misery that walks around in this pretty, quiet night!' murmurs Hayward's vibrant dance-hall dame, chasing round Manhattan trying to get her sailor pal off a murder rap. Golly, indeed, for the script by playwright Clifford Odets never lets up for a moment. Terse and flowery by turns, it elaborates the plot of Cornell Woolrich's novel almost to the point of incomprehension, yet movingly enhances the notion of New York as a fateful presence, teeming with the homeless and unhappy. Clurman, moonlighting in Hollywood after the collapse of his Group Theatre in New York, later dismissed it as just 'a run-of-the-mill RKO movie', but take no notice: it's made with cockeyed artistry from beginning to end, and shouldn't be missed.

By: GB


Release details

83 mins

Cast and crew

Harold Clurman
Clifford Odets
Susan Hayward
Bill Williams
Paul Lukas
Joseph Calleia
Osa Massen
Lola Lane
Jerome Cowan
Marvin Miller
Roman Bohnen
Steve Geray
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