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Scene of the Crime (1949)

Passed  -  Crime | Film-Noir | Drama  -  28 July 1949 (USA)
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Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mike Conovan
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Gloria Conovan
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Lili
Tom Drake ...
Det. 'C.C.' Gordon
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Capt. A.C. Forster
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Det. Fred Piper
Donald Woods ...
Bob Herkimer
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Sleeper
Jerome Cowan ...
Arthur Webson
Tom Powers ...
Umpire Menafoe
Richard Benedict ...
Turk Kingby
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Tony Rutzo
Robert Gist ...
P.J. Pontiac
Romo Vincent ...
Hippo
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Norrie Lorfield
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Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are being robbed, most upsetting to the racket bosses who can't get normal police protection. Mike encounters blind alleys and double crosses, and is distracted by his wife's growing disenchantment. Lots of police slang. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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28 July 1949 (USA)  »

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Sleeper: Naturally, I know you know I know somethin'.
Mike Conovan: I know you know I know you know somethin'.
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Soundtracks

I'M A GOODY-GOODY GIRL
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Music by André Previn
Lyrics by William Katz
Sung (with partial striptease) by Jean Carter
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28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you look closely at this picture, you'll see where Zucker and Abrahams got the inspiration for their "Naked Gun" and "Police Squad" series. It's all there--the corny dialogue, the shoe shine informant, the driving scenes inside the car, the lab boys...

Hollywood has never really been good at portraying real-life police. They do, after all, deal in fiction, don't they?

They do the same thing with war movies...always trying to make a point, instead of telling a simple story.

Anyway, Scene of the Crime is an attempt at real-life police work, but, as do all police movies, this one falls woefully short. But at least it's has some interest as an early whodunit-police-procedural.


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