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      Mystery Street

      Released Jul 28, 1950 1h 33m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 68% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When bargirl Vivian (Jan Sterling) discovers that her married boyfriend has refused to leave his wife, she steals a car and drives to Cape Cod to confront him. Several months later her skeleton washes ashore, and local police officer Peter Morales (Ricardo Montalban) must work with Harvard forensics expert Dr. McAdoo (Bruce Bennett) in order to piece together the twisted tale and discover who the murderer is before an innocent suspect pays the ultimate price. Read More Read Less

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      Yasser Medina Cinefilia It is film noir that reliably uses the resources of the police procedural to offer an intriguing and consistent plot about the anatomy of a homicide. Full review in Spanish Rated: 7/10 Mar 7, 2022 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Mystery Street is Hollywood's finest detective story in several seasons. Oct 9, 2019 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Well done murder investigation with forensics from Harvard and a pioneering Hispanic policeman. Aug 16, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An engaging film noir. Rated: B+ Sep 5, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Bob W Surprisingly hard and technical noir for 1950. The crime is cold, the snappy dialog isn't just to be clever, and the characters are pure noir. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Crime procedural fans will like this. Performances are excellent, especially Ricardo Montalban doing excellent work as a no-nonsense investigator, Jan Sterling the victim and Elsa Lanchester an unscrupulous landlady. Most of all, again, the cinematography of John Alton is reason enough to watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Ken R Mystery Street - The Name Doesn't Do It Justice Another terrific example of tight noir drama – made on a superb professional level with quality oozing from every scene. These movies came and went and now we have the opportunity to re-discover them in re-masted DVD quality. This must be the first movie to incorporate the new investigative methods of modern CSI examinations. A terrific cast brings it perfectly to life with director John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock) and Hungarian born cinematographer John Alton (Elmer Gantry) keeping it looking good and fast moving. The major cast of professionals ensures we are carried along with this remarkable murder mystery to the very last frame. Ricardo Montalban makes a perfect switch from romantic song and dance man to a straight dramatic role, with Bruce Bennett (Tarzan) excellent as an early forensics expert. So powerful you will be left wondering how many people have been falsely accused (and sentenced) based on seemingly foolproof, circumstantial evidence. The WB Archive DVD is available as a Double Feature with the great "Act of Murder" offering good quality along with top value. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/12/20 Full Review Audience Member Crime procedural that was unexpectedly engaging (at least for me). Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Ingenious plot. Worth watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member MGM low-budget film noir Mystery Street is years ahead of its time and will be an unexpected delight to fans of TV shows like the CSI franchise and especially, "Bones." It's a procedural whodunit shot on location in Boston starring Ricardo Montalban as a police lieutenant who enlists the help of Harvard medical scientists to identify a body and solve the crime. The wrongly-accused- man theme will interest any film noir fan. Other reviewers highlight Elsa Lancaster, famous as the Bride of Frankenstein, who hilariously steals every scene she's in. However I'm more interested in the youthful Montalban, and for other viewers who know him as Mr. Roark from TV's Fantasy Island or Khan from star Trek II, this film is a surprising treat. Considering his ethnicity, Montalban's character is ahead of its time also. I don't consider this a negative criticism per se, however this film is not a "film noir," as advertised. It's a crime drama but not noir-ish at all. That being said, check out this engaging whodunit. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When bargirl Vivian (Jan Sterling) discovers that her married boyfriend has refused to leave his wife, she steals a car and drives to Cape Cod to confront him. Several months later her skeleton washes ashore, and local police officer Peter Morales (Ricardo Montalban) must work with Harvard forensics expert Dr. McAdoo (Bruce Bennett) in order to piece together the twisted tale and discover who the murderer is before an innocent suspect pays the ultimate price.
      Director
      John Sturges
      Producer
      Frank E. Taylor
      Screenwriter
      Sydney Boehm, Richard Brooks
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 28, 1950, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jul 31, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 33m