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Mystery Street (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 August 1950 (UK)
A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when a human skeleton is found on a Massachusetts beach.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Richard Brooks (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Montalban ... Peter Moralas
Sally Forrest ... Grace Shanway
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. McAdoo
Elsa Lanchester ... Mrs. Smerrling
Marshall Thompson ... Henry Shanway
Jan Sterling ... Vivian Heldon
Edmon Ryan ... James Joshua Harkley
Betsy Blair ... Jackie Elcott
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... Tim Sharkey
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... A Tattooist
Willard Waterman ... A Mortician
Walter Burke ... An Ornithologist
Don Shelton Don Shelton ... A District Attorney
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Storyline

Vivian, a B-girl working at "The Grass Skirt," is being brushed off by her rich, married boyfriend. To confront him, she hijacks drunken customer Henry Shanway and his car from Boston to Cape Cod, where she strands Henry...and is never seen again. Months later, a skeleton is found (sans clothes or clues) on a lonely Cape Cod beach. Using the macabre expertise of Harvard forensic specialist Dr. McAdoo, Lt. Pete Morales must work back from bones to the victim's identity, history, and killer. Will he succeed in time to save an innocent suspect? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Anything can happen !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder at Harvard See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$730,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$429,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$775,000, 31 December 1950
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Frank E. Taylor's first production credit after a career as a literary editor at Random House. See more »

Goofs

When Vivian is talking on the phone early in the movie, initially she has a thin band ring on her finger. During the same conversation she has on a different ring with a large stone on it. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Peter Morales: Is your husband here?
Mrs. Smerrling: [after a pause] Not exactly.
Lieutenant Peter Morales: Were you ever married?
Mrs. Smerrling: [Another pause] Not exactly. I... I, uh - you see, I...
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Crazy Credits

Metro Goldwyn Mayer wishes to thank the president and fellows of Harvard College for their generous cooperation in the making of this picture. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Leverage: The Frame-Up Job (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Love of My Life
(uncredited)
Music by Cole Porter
Played by the band at the Grass Skirt
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compact police procedural with extraordinary cinematography
19 May 2001 | by kinolieberSee all my reviews

See it for the Boston locations, for an early gritty performance by Montalban before he became a Latin heartthrob joke, for the intricate plot, vivid characterizations and snappy editing, but see it most of all for the extraordinary cinematography of John Alton. What he does with composition, deep focus and lighting is amazing. That he often does it on locations where he did not have the control of a soundstage is astonishing.


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