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Director:
Writers:
Sydney Boehm (screenplay) and
Richard Brooks (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 July 1950 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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User Reviews:
Tight forensic murder mystery thriller - fine film noir. See more (42 total) »

Cast

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Joseph Losey and later Harold F. Kress were announced to direct before John Sturges was ultimately assigned.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Length of the chain connecting phone book to wall phone in boarding house varies from scene to scene.See more »
Quotes:
Jim Black, tattooist:Know her? Sure, I knew her. I was never close enough to smell her perfume, but I knew her!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Love of My LifeSee more »

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29 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Tight forensic murder mystery thriller - fine film noir., 22 February 2000

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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