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The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

Early one morning in a New York City park, a passerby walking his dog discovers who ends up being a Jane Doe shot dead in the front passenger seat of a parked car. Homicide Chief Captain ... 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 ... Lieutenant Corrigan
Frank Tweddell Frank Tweddell ... Captain Lundquist
Rod McLennan Rod McLennan ... Captain Gavin
Henry Lascoe ... Joe Canko (as Henry Lasco)
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

Early one morning in a New York City park, a passerby walking his dog discovers who ends up being a Jane Doe shot dead in the front passenger seat of a parked car. Homicide Chief Captain Lundquist assigns longtime Homicide Detective, hard-boiled and grizzled Lieutenant Corrigan in charge of the investigation. He also assigns as co-lead younger college educated Detective Frank Tobin, newly transferred into Homicide from the Police Laboratory. While Tobin, who is used to having his head above a microscope in conducting his work, realizes that he has to gain the skills of field work on the job, rough around the edges Corrigan is not looking forward to working with who he considers an egghead. They have to discover not only the victim's identity, but who killed her, why she was killed and the killer's whereabouts, Tobin determining early in the investigation that the killer is indeed a man and a tall one at that. One of the other major leads is the tattoo on the victim's wrist. In the ... Written by Huggo

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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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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

When Dr. Mahan looks up "Fisher Monuments" in the phone book, she says it's on "Gun Hill Road" in the Bronx. However (and as noted here in "Filming Locations") the monument company is actually on East Tremont Ave, also in the Bronx. A wide view taken from inside the yard towards the street when the police arrive shows St. Raymond's Cemetery in the background. This monument company was also used...for a similar shootout between police and the bad guy...by the TV show, "Naked City" about ten years later. See more »

Goofs

In the early scenes of the Jane Doe being found and the police's initial evidence collection phase at the crime scene, the crime scene changes back and forth between a riverside park with Manhattan seen across the river and Central Park in Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Tobin: Oh, it's you, Corrigan. How'd you get here?
Lt. Corrigan: By teletype.
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Low budget but pretty good.
21 December 2014 | by dobberxSee all my reviews

A short, low budget production.

Most of the acting was a bit wooden,but the dialog had it's moments. A police procedural much like the first half of a "Law and Order" episode. NO hunches or lucky coincidences, just good old-fashioned police work - both forensics and leg work solves the case. A well-structured chain of evidence leads detectives to their murder suspect.

Watch for brief appearances of a very young Jack Lord as a police lab assistant.

All-in-all a pretty good movie.


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