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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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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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Joseph Losey and later Harold F. Kress were announced to direct before John Sturges was ultimately assigned. See more »

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

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Grass Skirt Cafe Bartender: You're parked in the 'No Parking.'
Henry Shanway: [drunk and distracted] Hmmm?
Grass Skirt Cafe Bartender: Parked in the "No Parking!'
Henry Shanway: That's the story of my life. I'm always where I shouldn't be. I'm also not where I ought to be. Ever since Adam, Man's been crying, 'Where am I?'
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Love of My Life
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Music by Cole Porter
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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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