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Detective Story (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 May 1952 (Denmark)
On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Det. James McLeod
... Mary McLeod
... Det. Lou Brody
... Susan Carmichael
... Karl Schneider
... Lt. Monaghan
... Miss Hatch
... Charley Gennini
... Shoplifter
... Tami Giacoppetti
... Det. Gallagher
... Arthur Kindred
... Lewis Abbott
Luis Van Rooten ... Joe Feinson
... Det. Dakis
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Jim McLeod is a hard-nosed and cynical detective. He believes in a strict interpretation of the law and doesn't believe in turning the other cheek. The current object of his zealousness is Karl Schneider, an abortionist responsible for the death of several young women. Schneider's lawyer tells the precinct lieutenant that McLeod has his own personal reasons for going after his client. It turns out that his wife was a patient before they met, although Jim knew nothing of it. His world suddenly turned upside down, McLeod is too late in re-evaluating his priorities. Written by garykmcd

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The love story of a man whose wife was more woman than angel!


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19 May 1952 (Denmark)  »

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William Wyler's Production of Sidney Kingsley's Detective Story  »

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The USS Juneau, mentioned by Detective Brody, was a light cruiser sunk at the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. Its loss was notable for the deaths of five brothers from the one family, the Sullivans. See more »

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In some of the close-up shots of McLeod and Schneider in the back of the paddy wagon, McLeod's shadow can be faintly seen on the rear-projection screen showing the street behind them. (Other shadows can also be seen.) See more »

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Detective James McLeod: [leaving the office] Mind if I shave?
Lieutenant Monaghan: Gotta have the last word, don't ya?
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Marche Funebre In C Minor Op. 72, No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Brilliant
13 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Detective Story (1951)

**** (out of 4)

William Wyler's brilliant drama about a police detective (Kirk Douglas) who breaks his back trying to put criminals behind bars but there's a secret from his wife that's going to toss all his beliefs in the air. The last time I watched this film was when I was around eleven years old and it left a vivid aftertaste in my mouth after all these years. At the time I was just expecting another "old, dated" film but the realistic nature of this film remains quite powerful and very brutal even in today's jaded world. The entire cast delivers strong performances from the lead Douglas to the smallest of parts in the film. These performances certainly help the film seem all the more real, which is an added bonus. The best performance is of course the one by Douglas who brings all that energy and power to the film. Watching his character slowly breakdown and eventually lose it is something hard to forget.


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