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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 »

Director:

Edward Montagne (as Edward J. Montagne)

Writer:

Philip H. Reisman Jr. (original screenplay) (as Phil Reisman Jr.)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Miles ... Detective Frank Tobin
Patricia Barry ... Mary Mahan (as Patricia White)
Walter Kinsella Walter Kinsella ... Lt. Corrigan
Frank Tweddell Frank Tweddell ... Capt. Lundquist
Rod McLennan Rod McLennan ... Capt. Gavin
Henry Lasko Henry Lasko ... Joe Canko
Arthur L. Jarrett Arthur L. Jarrett ... Johnny Marseille (as Arthur Jarrett)
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Fisher
William Gibberson William Gibberson ... Aberfoyle
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Storyline

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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der tätowierte Fremde See more »

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Budget:

$124,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final appearance for John Miles. See more »

Goofs

When Det. Tobin and his partner enter the cafeteria where the murder victim had worked, near the cash register, sitting at the counter, is a man with no hat, glasses, with a cup of coffee in front of him, eating something with a knife and fork. When we next see that counter seat, there's a man with a hat, a different suit, no glasses, eating ice cream out of a bowl. See more »

Quotes

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 keylight-4See 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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