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Mystery Street (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 August 1950 (UK)
A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when a human skeleton is found on a Massachusetts beach.

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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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20 August 1950 (UK)  »

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Murder at Harvard  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$730,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$429,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$775,000, 31 December 1950
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sally Forrest appeared in "Mystery Street" (1950) with Elsa Lanchester and the following year (1951) was in "The Strange Door" with Elsa's husband, Charles Laughton. 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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compact police procedural with extraordinary cinematography
19 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

See it for the Boston locations, for an early gritty performance by Montalban before he became a Latin heartthrob joke, for the intricate plot, vivid characterizations and snappy editing, but see it most of all for the extraordinary cinematography of John Alton. What he does with composition, deep focus and lighting is amazing. That he often does it on locations where he did not have the control of a soundstage is astonishing.


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