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JT Notes: Them Changes

One of my favorite movies is D.O.A., a superb film noir from 1949. It includes a priceless jazz-ploitation scene with uncredited appearances by James Van Streeter and Teddy Buckner, but that’s not why I’m recalling it in this space.

The film’s ingenious premise involves a man named Frank Bigelow, played by Edmond O’Brien, who gets poisoned and has 24 hours to find his own killer. In its best-remembered line, a doctor tells Bigelow, “You’ve been murdered.” At that point the protagonist becomes, surreally and literally, the walking dead.

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Evan Haga

Evan Haga worked as an editor and writer at JazzTimes from 2006 to 2018. He is currently the Jazz Curator at TIDAL, and his writing has appeared at RollingStone.com, NPR MusicBillboard and other outlets.