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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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Peter Moralas
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 ...
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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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beach | skeleton | prostitute | b girl | police | See more »


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28 July 1950 (USA)  »

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Murder at Harvard  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

Lieutenant Peter Morales: [to Dr. McAdoo] Professors work with their heads. Cops work with their feet.
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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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Great Black & White MYSTERY !
18 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greatly enjoyed this 1950's film and the fact that they used CSI tasks without of course DNA. However, Harvard University was utilized and great photography of Boston and its neighborhoods. Ricardo Montalban,(Lt.Peter Morales),"Fantasy Island",'78 TV Series, did an outstanding job of acting as a young detective who was bound and determined to catch his criminal. Elsa Lanchester,(Mrs. Smerrling),"Die Laughing",'80, played a landlord of a rooming house with all kinds of shady deals going on and looked just like a WITCH. Mrs. Smerrling did love a pet bird which made all kinds of noise and upset Lt. Morales. Jan Sterling, (Vivian Heldon),"Female on the Beach",'55 gave a great short supporting role and played a very important part in this nice Mystery Story! Elsa Lanchester was really the star of this film, who was married to the great actor, Charles Laughton. This is a very entertaining film CLASSIC.


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