Public Domain Theater: D.O.A. (& “The Dover Boys at Pimento University, or, The Rivals of Roquefort Hall”)

Welcome to Public Domain Theater, your home for the wonderful world of films that have (in the United States, at least) fallen into the public domain, and are free for everyone to see!

This week, we’re presenting a film noir thriller from 1949, D.O.A. The film is remembered for its high concept opening premise: a man walks into a police station to report a murder, and when the detective asks who was murdered, the man replies, “I was.”

But before we get to untangling that little mystery, we have a cartoon for you directed by the legendary Chuck Jones, “The Dover Boys at Pimento University, or, The Rivals of Roquefort Hall”, a parody of late 19th/early 20th century juvenile fiction and melodrama, where Jones began developing the stylized animation that would define most of his later works.

So let’s travel back to a simpler time, when three brothers could share the same fiancé, and gritty crime dramas still made liberal use of slide whistle sound effects. Enjoy!

Opening Cartoon:

Feature Presentation: