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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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28 July 1950 (USA)  »

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Murder at Harvard  »

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Trivia

The plot dealing with a pregnant girlfriend of a Boston Brahman trying to shake him down for money for an abortion was quite sordid for 1950 and passing the sensors was a victory in itself. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mrs. Smerrling: If there's anything I can do...
Lieutenant Peter Morales: I want a list of everything you sold and where you sold it.
Mrs. Smerrling: Of course. Well, that is, if I can remember. My memory, you know, isn't exactly my number one asset.
Lieutenant Peter Morales: Well, pull your assets together - I want the truth!
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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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An inventive, realistic murder story
16 February 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

A simple, clear plot that doesn't interfere with the power of the personal stories within. In its day it would've been shocking for showing the murder, and the discovery of the body. Good acting from a young Montalban.


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