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Detective Story (1951)

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On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

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Jim McLeod is a hard-nosed and cynical detective. He believes in a strict interpretation of the law and doesn't believe in turning the other cheek. The current object of his zealousness is Karl Schneider, an abortionist responsible for the death of several young women. Schneider's lawyer tells the precinct lieutenant that McLeod has his own personal reasons for going after his client. It turns out that his wife was a patient before they met, although Jim knew nothing of it. His world suddenly turned upside down, McLeod is too late in re-evaluating his priorities. Written by garykmcd

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The love story of a man whose wife was more woman than angel!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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19 May 1952 (Denmark)  »

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William Wyler's Production of Sidney Kingsley's Detective Story  »

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Trivia

Cinematographer John F. Seitz shot the last three weeks of production, uncredited. See more »

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In some of the close-up shots of McLeod and Schneider in the back of the paddy wagon, McLeod's shadow can be faintly seen on the rear-projection screen showing the street behind them. (Other shadows can also be seen.) See more »

Quotes

Detective James McLeod: Where's your boy?
[Asking about Karl Schneider]
Lieutenant Monaghan: He's ready to surrender himself on the warrant you had issued.
Detective James McLeod: Fine. Bring him in.
Endicott Sims: Before I do, I have here some photographs. Now these were taken only an hour ago.
Lieutenant Monaghan: Nudes. Ugly, isn't he?
Endicott Sims: He's no Mr. America.
Lieutenant Monaghan: No, that he's not.
Endicott Sims: Now you'll observe there are no bruises or lacerations of any kind. This is the way I'm delivering my client to you, and this is the way I want him back.
Detective James McLeod: I should think that any change whatsoever would be an improvement.
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Overacted to the sky
6 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

I was always interested in seeing this movie and thanks to a storm in NYC and my disinterest in going to work, I finally watched this movie.

I was very disappointed. I found the movie to be highly and needlessly dramatic by all involved. I thought all the characters were cardboard-based, especially Lee Grant, who overdoes her New Yawk accent so much it made a shiver go down my spine. Douglas & Parker have a decent scene or two but for the most part do not connect with each other.

Best scene by miles was one where Gladys George (she was the nuts widow in "The Maltese Falcon") goes to the precinct to pick a criminal from a line-up. She is on screen for maybe 90 seconds, but they were the realest thing in this sappy and stagey movie.

I have a lot of respect for William Wyler and the cast, normally, but this one misfired, for me at least.


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