A man who spent his formative years in prison for murder is released, and struggles to adjust to the outside world and escape his lurid past. He gets involved with a cheap dancehall girl, ... See full summary »
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
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The concept of a forensic procedural is common in the 21st century, but was brand new when this movie was made. To cap it off, the hero was played by a Hispanic actor, Ricardo Montalban, who was a big star in Mexico, but who had been mostly cast in Hollywood flicks as a Latin lover before this picture. See more »
Length of the chain connecting phone book to wall phone in boarding house varies from scene to scene. See more »
Tight forensic murder mystery thriller - fine film noir.
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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