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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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Lili
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Det. 'C.C.' Gordon
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Capt. A.C. Forster
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Det. Fred Piper
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Bob Herkimer
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Sleeper
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Arthur Webson
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Umpire Menafoe
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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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$761,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

Goofs

When Detective Piper introduces the young man that sold the .38 S&W revolver to the cop killer to detective Conovan the man says he sold the gun to a man in a bar. Conovan then grills the man about his getting a lousy eighty bucks for the gun that killed his former partner. But at no time did the man mention getting eighty bucks for the gun. Also the gun owner claimed the man that bought the gun wanted it for a souvenir because his brother had been killed in the war. This makes no sense because a Smith & Wesson .38 snub nosed revolver would not be a war souvenir. See more »

Quotes

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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From the nitty-gritty side of M-G-M...compact and well-written
18 January 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Two veteran Los Angeles police detectives and a well-meaning rookie set out to find the killer of an off-duty fellow officer who may have been on the take. This is an L.A. filled with dangerous broads, bookie joints, ex-bootleggers in on a new racket, and cops in natty suits and broad-billed hats. The pulpy, slangy dialogue is fun at times, as are the performances from Van Johnson and Gloria DeHaven (playing a chanteuse "with a figure like champagne and a heart like the cork"). Other, later crime-dramas would quickly up the ante on such a scenario, but this one is a fine example of the compact policer. M-G-M was downsizing their budgets at the time and trying their hand at different types of films--which provided the perfect opportunity for matinée idols like Johnson to stretch their acting muscles. The results here are not exactly noir, but more from an overtly-ordinary, overtly-jaded mold, with everyday people going about their business and getting the job done. If it isn't exciting, at least it's highly competent. **1/2 from ****


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