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The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

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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(original screenplay) (as Phil Reisman Jr.)
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John Miles ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Jack Lord has an uncredited role as a forensic scientist. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Maher meets Det. Tobin in her lab, she clearly cannot read without her glasses. But when they are at the Botanical Gardens and then at the police station, she reads everything quite easily without them. See more »

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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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Uninvolving, but some good points
1 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this on TCM this morning, and I must agree with many of the previous comments about the colorless actors and the lackluster script. I watched the movie with a friend, and part of the enjoyment of watching it was finding unintentional humor in the film. However, as also mentioned in many other comments, the shots of Manhattan, the Bowery, the Bronx and other areas of New York were fabulous, both interiors and exteriors, and wow, what a gorgeous black & white print! And we did find the detective work in it to be of interest --identifying the grass in the dead woman's car, tracking down the tattoo artist who in turn was able to identify the work of another artist, etc. I don't agree with other reviewers who deem the film "worthless"; the outstanding cinematography alone makes it worth one viewing, and it was fun to see Patricia Barry (White) cast as a botanist, and a young Jack Lord in a non-speaking role in one of the group scenes. I think that with just a little more display of emotion from the actors, and/or a better script, this could've been a really good movie.


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