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Sydney Boehm (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
28 July 1950 (USA) See more »
A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when the skeletal remains of a pregnant prostitute turn up on a Massachusetts beach. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Stunningly Photographed "B" Mystery; Great Villain; Fine Cast and Values See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ricardo Montalban ... Peter Moralas

Sally Forrest ... Grace Shanway

Bruce Bennett ... Dr. McAdoo

Elsa Lanchester ... Mrs. Smerrling

Marshall Thompson ... Henry Shanway

Jan Sterling ... Vivian Heldon
Edmon Ryan ... James Joshua Harkley

Betsy Blair ... Jackie Elcott
Wally Maher ... Tim Sharkey
Ralph Dumke ... A Tattooist
Willard Waterman ... A Mortician
Walter Burke ... An Ornithologist
Don Shelton ... A District Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elsie Baker ... Elderly Lady (uncredited)
George Brand ... Man in Bedroom (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Reporter (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Counterman at The Dunes (uncredited)
Mack Chandler ... Doorman (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Mrs. Harkley (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Dr. Thorpe (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Reporter at Beach House (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Porter (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Detective O'Hara (uncredited)
Jim Frasher ... High School Boy (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Dr. Ben Levy, McAdoo's asst. (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Mrs. Fischer (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Car Insurance Clerk (uncredited)
Bradford Hatton ... Al - Grass Skirt Cafe Bartender (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Constable Fischer (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Alienist (uncredited)
William F. Leicester ... Doctor (uncredited)
Arthur M. Loew Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Shanway (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Detective Kilrain (uncredited)

May McAvoy ... Nurse (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Detective Garrity (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Portuguese Fisherman (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Waiter (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Dr. Rockton (uncredited)
Melvin H. Moore ... Oyster Shucker (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Allen O'Locklin ... Photographer (uncredited)

Frank Overton ... Guard (uncredited)
Juanita Quigley ... Daughter (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Bar Girl at Grass Skirt Cafe (uncredited)
Maurice Samuels ... Tailor (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Policeman (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Photographer (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Jane Smith ... Daughter (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Policeman (uncredited)
Peter M. Thompson ... Law Student (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Baggage Clerk (uncredited)
Napoleon Whiting ... Red Cap (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
Sydney Boehm (screenplay) and
Richard Brooks (screenplay)

Leonard Spigelgass (story)

Produced by
Frank E. Taylor .... producer
Original Music by
Rudolph G. Kopp 
Cinematography by
John Alton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Gabriel Scognamillo 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Ethel Neejus .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Sam Palo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ralph S. Hurst .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Joe Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe DeAce .... grip (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Don McDougall .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14285)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Length of the chain connecting phone book to wall phone in boarding house varies from scene to scene.See more »
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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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Stunningly Photographed "B" Mystery; Great Villain; Fine Cast and Values, 5 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This is an unusually-well-photographed detective film, starring Ricardo Montalban as a handsome and improbable young Boston detective. It has a first-rate villain, an interesting investigational format, some very good actors in minor parts and very fine B/W production values. The script was by Leonard Spigelglass, Sydney Boehm and Richard Brooks with first-rate direction by John Sturges. Rudolph G. Kopp did the music, Edwin Willis the sets with Ralph S. Hurst, Cedric Gibbons and Gabriel Scognamillo the art direction and John Alton the beautiful cinematography. In the unusually large cast besides Montalban as Pete Morales were Sally Forrest, Marshall Thompson, Elsa Lanchester, Edmon Ryan as the villain, Bruce Bennet as a forensics professor, Betsy Blair, Jan Sterling and many others. The storyline is actually fairly simple. A "B" girl being told to get lost by her rich married boyfriend has to hijack a car driven by a second man to get from Boston to Cape Cod. Months later, she turns up as a skeleton near Cape Cod. Working from clues with a forensics professor, Morales tries to free the innocent motorist she had hijacked from suspicion, prevent another killing and catch the guilty man. This is a very attractive and well-mounted production; Forrest is somewhat wasted as a housewife; but many people, Lanchester and Ryan especially, have small to large telling parts in this very good narrative. Not a great film but far-above-average in every respect.

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