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Mystery Street (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 July 1950 (USA)
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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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
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James Joshua Harkley
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Jackie Elcott
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Tim Sharkey
Ralph Dumke ...
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Willard Waterman ...
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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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28 July 1950 (USA)  »

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Murder at Harvard  »

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$730,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Daily Variety had announced that John Indrisano would appear in the film but there's no confirmation that he's in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lieutenant Peter Morales: Is your husband here?
Mrs. Smerrling: [after a pause] Not exactly.
Lieutenant Peter Morales: Were you ever married?
Mrs. Smerrling: [Another pause] Not exactly. I... I, uh - you see, I...
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Connections

Featured in Mystery Street: Murder at Harvard (2007) See more »

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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What a revelation!
10 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is proof that Ricardo Montalban was actually a fine actor, before he was somehow transformed into a caricature of himself by television. This movie is so well done, so tightly crafted that I am surprised I have never heard of it before. It may be the very first movie-version of "CSI"! Not as graphic and detailed as the TV show, but a forensic anthropological examination of the evidence by a Harvard doctor/professor is integral to the plot, and handled very well. The characters rise above typical stereotypes in this story, which almost plays like a docudrama as opposed to something created from whole cloth. Elsa Lanchester is particularly good too as a nasty landlady with no scruples whatsoever. Truly a hidden gem, and one worth the hour-forty or so you will spend watching it.


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