MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 54,320 this week

The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  9 February 1950 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 322 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 7 critic

The body of an unknown woman turns up in a stolen car abandoned in a New York park, and the only clue the detectives on the case have to work from is the tattoo on her arm, and the fact ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Edward J. Montagne)

Writer:

(original screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Unbroken: An interview with Angelina Jolie

IMDb's Arno Kazarian chats with Angelina Jolie about working with cinematographer Roger Deakins and harnessing Jack O'Connell's fire

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 484 titles
created 01 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1166 titles
created 02 Feb 2012
 
a list of 4376 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 151 titles
created 21 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 707 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

The Tattooed Stranger (1950) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Tattooed Stranger.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Highway 301 (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby André
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.

Director: Peter Sykes
Stars: Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman
Barricade (1950)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jack London's "The Sea Wolf" is transported from sea to land in this intriguing western. The ruthless boss of a mining camp meets his match when fugitives from justice cross his path.

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Dane Clark, Raymond Massey, Ruth Roman
Colt .45 (1950)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gun salesman Steve Farrell gets two of his new Colt .45 pistols stolen from him by ruthless killer Jason Brett but vows to recover them.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman, Zachary Scott
Dreams (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Stockholm, the fashion photographer Susanne Frank misses her married lover Henrik Lobelius that lives in Gothenburg with his wife and children, and the naive twenty years old model Doris... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Murphy
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, John Lund
Crisis (1950)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Husband and wife Americans Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Helen Ferguson - he a renowned neurosurgeon - are traveling through Latin America for a vacation. When they make the decision to return to New... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Cary Grant, José Ferrer, Paula Raymond
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After philosophy Professor Todhunter is told he has 6 months left to live, he is barred from teaching by his college so there won't be a scandal if he drops dead in class. Discussing a ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell, Jeffrey Lynn
Pest Control (1950)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In this "Pete Smith Specialty Short," advice is given on how to deal with certain common pests.

Director: Dave O'Brien
Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Ellinor Vanderveer
Drama | Fantasy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Presented without commercial interruptions, this "United Nations Special" was sponsored by the Xerox Corporation, the first of a series of Xerox specials promoting the UN. Director Joseph ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara
Flag of Mercy (1942)
Short | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

'Angel of Mercy' (1939) re-edited and re-released with new framework footage relating it to America's involvement in World War II.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: John Nesbitt, Sara Haden, Harold Miller
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Miles ...
Detective Tobin
...
Mary Mahan (as Patricia White)
Walter Kinsella ...
Lieutenant Corrigan
Frank Tweddell ...
Captain Lundquist
Rod McLennan ...
Captain Gavin
Henry Lasko ...
Joe Canko
Arthur L. Jarrett ...
Johnny Marseille (as Arthur Jarrett)
Jim Boles ...
Fisher
William Gibberson ...
Aberfoyle
Edit

Storyline

The body of an unknown woman turns up in a stolen car abandoned in a New York park, and the only clue the detectives on the case have to work from is the tattoo on her arm, and the fact that someone tried to deface the corpse to remove the evidence. From this slender trail, and that of a single stem of grass discovered in the car, they gradually trace back first the victim and then her killer, in a case that's all science and legwork, and no magic inspiration. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der tätowierte Fremde  »

Box Office

Budget:

$124,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final appearance for John Miles. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Tobin: He doesn't LOOK like a killer.
Lt. Corrigan: Neither does a toadstool.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

For Old Police Buffs and Old New Yawkas
14 June 2004 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

I picked up on this movie on a dull afternoon. I was intrigued by the title and didn't realize I'd seen it before. I'm glad I took another look.

I glanced at some of the reviews and, for the life of me, I can't understand why this movie was almost universally panned. It's not Detective Story, or The Naked City, and it was never meant to be. This is a little forgotten gem, rescued from obscurity by TCM. We get to see the cops processing evidence using methods that today seem primitive. The lab scenes take us back to pre-DNA days. It reminds us of a time when the police used logic instead of computers to work out a solution.

I admit that the acting is less than outstanding, but gee what atmosphere. The lunch wagons, the shoe repair shops, the tattoo parlors, and the seedier side of life in Brooklyn when it was still interesting.

My advice to some of my more critical friends would be: don't try to make a silk purse out of sow's ear. It is what it is.

Note: The part of Johnny Marseilles, the tatoo artist, was played by Arthur Jarrett who was a famous tenor in the 30's and 40's. He once sang with some of the famous early bands such as Ted Weems. You can see him in his prime as the singer in another TCM classic called Dancing Lady, with Joan Crawford.


29 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Tattooed Stranger preisman3
Jack Lord wsimpson3
Who is John Miles? hybucket
Cool Movie greateagle
A good docudrama. richsass
The grass jonkennedy
Discuss The Tattooed Stranger (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?