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Chicago Deadline (1949) DVD

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Chicago Deadline (1949)


Lewis Allen    


Warren Duff (screenplay),  Tiffany Thayer (novel)    


Alan LaddDonna ReedJune Havoc  
Tough reporter Ed Adams (Alan Ladd) wants to get the full story behind the apparent suicide of a young woman. It seems that the girl left behind a notebook with a list of seemingly unrelated names. Adams tracks down each one of the persons cited in the notebook, slowly but surely putting the pieces together. Once the basic mystery is solved, however, there's one surprising loose end left to be tied up. June Havoc co-stars as Leona, self-styled best friend of the decedent, who helps Adams in his quest. As the victim, Donna Reed appears exclusively in flashbacks. Based on a story by veteran suspense scrivener Tiffany Thayer (of Thirteen Women fame), Chicago Deadline was remade for television in 1966 as Fame is the Name of the Game.           

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  1. Alan Ladd as a reporter on a mission 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Feb 28th 2018

    Alan Ladd portrays a newspaper reporter who becomes fascinated about a young girl (Donna Reed, in flashbacks) found dead in a rooming house. (This seemingly scarce movie somewhat channels the play and movie, "Laura.") In uncovering more about her life, he runs afoul of some gangsters about whom she had information. It's a good mystery, the only drawback being quality being less than pristine, but it's still plenty good enough to enjoy.

  2. One of the lesser known Alan Ladd movies 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Dec 15th 2017

    One of the lesser known Alan Ladd films which I've ordered for a friend who lives in Germany. Even though we watch TCM since 2007, this crime movie was never shown on TCM.
    It's a good film noir about a reporter (Ladd) and reminded me a bit of "Call Northside 777" (James Stewart).

    Arthur Kennedy, Donna Reed, June Havoc and Shepperd Strudwick (the victim in "The Restless Moment" with James Mason and Joan Bennett) play the other lead roles with Margaret Field aka Maggie Mahoney as Minerva (Sally Field's mom).

    The picture and sound quality of the DVD is excellent!
    Very recommendable.

  3. chicago deadline 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Nov 9th 2016

    this is a movie I've owned in 16mm film for over 30 years and I have been looking for the dvd that is just as clear as the film without success until now. Although not quite as good as film this is the best copy I've seen and would recommend it as a keeper. A good movie and one of the best Alan Ladd / Donna Reed films from the 1940's

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