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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 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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A Cena do Crime  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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P.J. Pontiac: I'm no Humphrey Bogart. He gets slugged and he's ready for action; I get slugged and I'm ready for pickling.
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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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Pretentious Patter but This MGM Noir Wannabe is Worth a Watch
29 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There they Go Again. MGM Trying to Capitalize on the Popular Films from RKO and WB that came to be Known as Film-Noir. The Descriptive Term was Only Coined in Retrospect.

This is a Movie that has some Good Stuff and some Pretty Bad Stuff. It Seemed the Studio couldn't get it Quite Right. The Best Example is the Dialog. The Peppering Street and Gangster Slang is so Ripe that it Sounds Like some Really Trashy, Second Rate, Paperback and when it comes out of the Mouth of Van Johnson and Crew it is just Pretentious, Clunky, and Silly.

There may be More Dated and Dumb Exclamatory Euphemisms used in this Crime-Cop-Noir than in any other Movie. But it all Sounds Rattled Off and Page Written and is Anything but Naturalistic. Even when Uttered by a Lamp Post Leaner Called the Sleeper (Norman Lloyd).

That's the Weakest Part of this Slightly Entertaining Excursion into the Shadows. Speaking of Shadows, by the End of the Decade Studios, even those Under the Bright Lights of MGM, had Discovered the Artisticism and Power of those Noir Icons and in this One there are So Many that Even the Shadows have Shadows.

Overall, it is a Curious Film, and One Worth a Watch for there are Some Things of Interest. Like a Couple of Beautiful Dames, Arlene Dahl and Gloria De Haven that Brighten Up the Screen, and a Workmanlike Supporting Cast with John McEntire as a Veteran Cop Delaying His Put Out to Pasture, the Best.

Not Quite Film-Noir, Not Quite Hard-Boiled, Not Quite Suspenseful Police-Procedural, this Film In Fact, is an Example of MGM's Track Record with this Type of Thing, Mostly a Good Try, but Not-Quite.


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