|Drunk women will be the least of Frank's problems|
The film is really well done, and features many noir staples, such as nightclubs, hard men and a good handful of femmes fatales. One thing that struck me was the difference a few years make. DOA was made around half a decade after classics such as The Big Sleep, The Blue Dahlia and Double Indemnity, and it shows, just slightly. The jazz in the nightclub is more experimental, people seem harsher, and even the streets seem busier and more brightly lit. This is noir, but the Jazz Age is being left behind. If you've read James Ellroy's superb LA Quartet, you'll understand what I mean - DOA falls into the time between classic film noir, where everything has a reason and the violence of the films of the 1960s, where very little has a reason, just as Ellroy's novels do.
|More trouble for Frank...|
Despite that, I enjoyed DOA far more than I expected to, and it's certainly a great film to settle down with on a rainy winter afternoon.