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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 »


Edward Montagne (as Edward J. Montagne)


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




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


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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Final Film appearance for John Miles. See more »


Corrigan refers to the Jane Doe as Tattoo Tillie before the ME informs him that she has a tattoo on her wrist. See more »


Det. Frank Tobin: Oh, it's you, Corrigan. How'd you get here?
Lt. Corrigan: By teletype.
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So What If It Is Grade B
15 June 2004 | by krorieSee all my reviews

Although a grade B movie with the cast seldom seen elsewhere, this movie packs a punch. First it has good dialogue with a lot of quirky, almost hidden, humor. Best of all it gives the viewer a look at the seedy side of New York City in the early post-WWII era. The police methods may be dated but they are still of historical interest. It's also a good sociological perspective of the period and shows the viewer how times have changed, especially concerning the "art" of tattooing. It is also fast paced and though there's nothing new in the plotting, the story holds the viewer's interest. The acting may not be top notch, but it's also not Joe Namath. Forget its grade B status and just enjoy.

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Release Date:

9 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der tätowierte Fremde See more »


Box Office


$124,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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