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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:
The "CSI" Of Its Day! See more (43 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)

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Trivia:
Frank E. Taylor's first production credit after a career as a literary editor at Random House.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:
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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I Wonder, I Wonder, I WonderSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The "CSI" Of Its Day!, 8 July 2005
Author: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) from Whitehall, PA

John Sturges' taut, tense thriller combines a documentary style (including location shooting in Boston) with intense performances, striking photography, and a fresh-for-its-time approach to its murder mystery plot. When floozy Vivian Heldon (Jan Sterling as the anti-Judy Holliday :-) hijacks grieving father Henry Shanway's (Marshall Thompson) car to go shake down James Harkley (Edmon Ryan), the rich father of her baby-in-progress, she's next seen as a skeleton washed up on a Hyannis beach. Lt. Pete Moralas (Ricardo Montalban) enlists the help of Harvard forensic criminologist Dr. McAdoo (an avuncular yet no-nonsense Bruce Bennett), and the results are as riveting as a good episode of one of the "CSI" series. I liked the way the investigation and forensic evidence rang true while the story (Leonard Spigelgrass got an Oscar nomination) kept me on the edge of my seat with twists and turns, including a monkey wrench thrown into the works by the late Vivian's blackmail-minded landlady, Mrs. Smerrling (a delightfully sly Elsa Lanchester). The details about the effect that the wrongly-accused Henry Shanway's incarceration has on his wife Grace and their finances were movingly and believably rendered. I found myself empathizing and thinking, "Man, why didn't you stay with Grace in the hospital when your baby died, instead of going off in your misery to get drunk at 'The Grass Skirt'? Sheesh, you think you're the only one mourning?!" The performances are uniformly excellent, although I was particularly pleasantly surprised by Montalban. Having grown up watching Montalban in relatively lighthearted fare like TV's FANTASY ISLAND, I was impressed at how good he was as tough, cynical Pete, the kind of cop who thinks a suspect is guilty until proved innocent. Even when I was annoyed with Pete for refusing to believe Grace when she insists that Henry's innocent, I could feel his frustration when he realizes that, after all his hard investigative work, his airtight case against the accused man isn't so airtight after all. There's also a great moment when the smug Harkley notices Pete's accent (smoothly explained away as Pete being from the Portuguese district) and starts trying to pull rank on Pete, class-wise. There are even some witty moments, like when Pete and his partner end up walking all over Harvard Square trying to find out where the heck the department of legal forensics is. This all-but-neglected post-war film noir gem turns up on Turner Classic Movies from time to time, and it's well worth watching for in the TV listings!

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