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Mystery Street (1950)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  28 July 1950 (USA)
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A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when the skeletal remains of a pregnant prostitute turn up on a Massachusetts beach.

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Sally Forrest ...
Grace Shanway
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Dr. McAdoo
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Mrs. Smerrling
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Henry Shanway
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Vivian Heldon
Edmon Ryan ...
James Joshua Harkley
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Jackie Elcott
Wally Maher ...
Tim Sharkey
Ralph Dumke ...
A Tattooist
Willard Waterman ...
A Mortician
Walter Burke ...
An Ornithologist
Don Shelton ...
A District Attorney
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Storyline

Vivian, a B-girl working at "The Grass Skirt," is being brushed off by her rich, married boyfriend. To confront him, she hijacks drunken customer Henry Shanway and his car from Boston to Cape Cod, where she strands Henry...and is never seen again. Months later, a skeleton is found (sans clothes or clues) on a lonely Cape Cod beach. Using the macabre expertise of Harvard forensic specialist Dr. McAdoo, Lt. Pete Morales must work back from bones to the victim's identity, history, and killer. Will he succeed in time to save an innocent suspect? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Joseph Losey and later Harold F. Kress were announced to direct before John Sturges was ultimately assigned. See more »

Goofs

Length of the chain connecting phone book to wall phone in boarding house varies from scene to scene. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Heldon: What you need is fresh air.
Henry Shanway: Yeah. Yeah, open the window, huh?
Vivian Heldon: No, not here. Fresh air couldn't get in here with a permit.
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Soundtracks

I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder
Music by Daryl Hutchins (uncredited)
Played on the radio or juke box at the Grass Skirt
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Tight forensic murder mystery thriller - fine film noir.
22 February 2000 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a forgotten piece of film noir with a clever and educational forensic angle - find the murderer when all you have to go on is a skeleton. The screenplay is top notch (the Original Story was nominated for an Oscar) as is the black and white cinematography -composition especially. The plot whips along with some clever twists and turns. Altogether a very interesting and entertaining film. Elsa Lanchester turns in an Oscar nom-worthy supporting performance as a meddling and greedy owner of a boarding house. The effect on his marriage of the incarceration of an innocent suspect is well-handled for the time. Altogether first-rate and worth a look.


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