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The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  9 February 1950 (USA)
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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 »

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John Miles ...
Detective Tobin
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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
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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

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9 February 1950 (USA)  »

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Der tätowierte Fremde  »

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$124,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Det. Frank Tobin: Oh, it's you, Corrigan. How'd you get here?
Lt. Corrigan: By teletype.
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A nostalgic look at the streets of New York
17 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Director Edward Montagne does in a little more than one hour what other, more expensive and hyped films fail to do. Mr. Montagne shows us a police story written by Phillip H. Reisman Jr. that while, is not one of the best of the genre, it keeps the viewer involved in all that's going on.

This is clearly a B type movie. In fact, the best thing going for "The Tattooed Stranger" is the opportunity to take a peek at the way New York looked in those years. The crystal clear cinematography by William O. Steiner, either has been kept that way through the years, or has been lovingly restored.

There are great views of New York in the opening sequence. Later we are taken to Brooklyn to the Dumbo section and later on the film travels to the Bronx and the Gun Hill Road area with its many monument stores in the area.

John Miles and Walter Kinsella made a great detective team. Patricia Barry is perfect as the plant expert from the Museum of Natural History. Jack Lord, who went to bigger things in his career, is seen in a non speaking role.

It was great fun to watch a city, as it was, because it doesn't exist any more.


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