Shubunka (Barry Sulivan) is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner. The police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.
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Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan, who apparently was moonlighting as a guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are being robbed, upsetting the racket bosses who can't get normal police protection. Mike encounters blind alleys and double crosses and is distracted by his wife's growing disenchantment.Written by
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When the private investigator P.J. Pontiac describes the occasional beatings he takes at the hands of his upset clients to Detective Lieutenant Conovan and Detective Gordon, he said he's "No Humpty Bogart," and then, viewing his battered face in the mirror after they leave, exclaims "Ohh, Humpty Bogart!" The deliberate, comical mispronunciation of Humphrey Bogart's first name seems to be a dig at Warner Brother's - MGM's rival studio - biggest star, who often played private eyes. See more »
When Detective Lieutenant Conovan visits the slain Detective Monigan's son, the late-teenage son bitterly mentions Monigan's birth date as "July 25th, 1922," which, in the film's present-day setting of 1949 would have made Monigan 27 years old. The actor portraying Detective Monigan looked to be at least in his late 50's or early 60's. See more »
I'm no Humphrey Bogart. He gets slugged and he's ready for action. I get slugged and I'm ready for pickling.
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They're all here. Lovelorn wife, old cop trying to stick around, gangsters with neat nicknames, forensic lab work, stool pigeons, etc. There is also an uninteresting back story about a job the wife is trying to get for her husband-cop, to "keep him safe". Think of a familiar plot device and it's here in "Scene Of The Crime".
That said, this picture holds your interest - it's a good story, when all is said and done. Good acting from start to finish and there are lots of good character actors; John McIntyre, Norman Lloyd, Gloria DeHaven, Jerome Cowan, and many others. I disagree with a reviewer above in that the picture held my interest right to the end, although I am a big fan of noir films. I did think that Van Johnson was a curious choice for the title role. I always thought there wasn't a mean bone in his body, not tough enough to play a detective in a gritty noir.
Lastly, the music director was Andre Previn, and the theme music at the beginning and end was good. He also wrote two songs that were unworthy of him, but they were played in a strip joint and fit into the setting with their trite tunes and lyrics. Despite all of the preceding, I rated it a seven, which means I think it's worth your time.
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