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Scene of the Crime (1949)

Passed | | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama | 28 July 1949 (USA)
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:
Det. 'C.C.' Gordon
Capt. A.C. Forster
Det. Fred Piper
Bob Herkimer
Arthur Webson
Umpire Menafoe
Turk Kingby
Tony Rutzo
Robert Gist ...
P.J. Pontiac
Romo Vincent ...
Norrie Lorfield


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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Release Date:

28 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cena do Crime  »

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$761,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was a success at the box office for MGM, earning a profit of $151,000 ($1.53M in 2016) according to studio records. See more »


In the opening of the movie a ballistics expert is shown firing a revolver into a box. What appears to be a .38 caliber slug is recovered and a close up of the lands and grooves are shown. The bullet, however, is in perfect condition. It is in no way mushroomed or distorted in any way as a fired bullet would be. This is wrong. Inside the box is heavy cotton that is used to stop the bullet so that it can be compared in a comparison microscope. This technique was used back then. The bullet will expend all its energy so it will not be deformed. See more »


Lili: What'll they throw at me?
Mike Conovan: The book.
Lili: The book! There's a crime on every page to fit me.
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Music by André Previn
Lyrics by William Katz
Sung (with partial striptease) by Jean Carter
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Scene of the Crime (1949)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

MGM is not a studio known for noir. This procedural is toothless and insincere, with a plot that's barely worth paying attention to (something about a dead cop and bookies, I dunno). Van Johnson in the lead comes up short, he doesn't handle the hard-boiled lingo very well. But some of the accoutrements are pretty hot stuff. This is my third Roy Rowland (fourth if you count his "Crime Does Not Pay" short) and as he proved in ROGUE COP and WITNESS TO MURDER he definitely has a good track record with the genre. The photography is excellent (though some of the sets look pretty cheap), the dialogue crackles, there's some nice touches like the diegetic music during a big fight scene, and the film has some awesome supporting performances. Norman Lloyd (so great), Gloria DeHaven ("A figure like champagne and a heart like the cork"), and Robert Gist really shine, and John McIntyre is always terrific. There's a lot to love in this movie and at first I was thrilled to be watching it. After a while, however, the ho-hum story becomes harder to care about. I really wanted to like this more, but despite its flaws there's definitely some worthwhile elements.

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