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||IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 from PASSED votes
||Release: 28 Jul 1949 /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
||Director: Roy Rowland,
||Stars: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
||Synopsis: Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are ...
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An off-duty Los Angeles police detective is shot and killed one night with
an unexplained thousand dollars found in his pocket. It falls to his
partner (Van Johnson) to track down his killers and try to exonerate him.
Scene of the Crime, which tells the story, stays a police procedural with
few twists and touches that raise it a notch or two above the
First of all, Johnson's wife (Arlene Dahl) has fallen prey to the
dissatisfactions common to her lot. She's tired of their evenings, in and
out, being ruined by yet another summons to duty (`Whenever the telephone
rings, it cuts me,' she cries); she tired of rolling his dice rigged to
up seven, a ritual that supposedly bids him luck.
On the job, he has his burdens, too. His new partner (John McIntyre) is
getting on in years and his sight is failing. And under Johnson's wing is
nestled rookie cop Tom Drake, learning the ropes. Outside the office
there's an abrasive police reporter (Donald Woods) chasing the corruption
angle; there's also the network of low-lifes who serve, if the pressure is
right, as stoolies - most vivid of them is the young Norman
Word filters up that the killing was the work of a couple of downstate
`lobos' who have been knocking over bookie operations. Going undercover,
Johnson starts romancing a stripper one of them used to date (Gloria De
Haven, in the movie's sharpest performance). Even though he's working
he finds his emotions in play - and even though it turns out that she's
working him, too, she has no emotions.
Under Roy Rowland's direction, Scene of the Crime keeps its plotting
straightforward, though with some uncharacteristic bursts of violence.
movie's studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, was celebrated for its lavish color
musicals, not for the unsentimental style of film noir. That probably
accounts for the final shot's being a reconciliatory kiss, in hopes that
such a sweet image might expunge all the urban squalor that went before
Luckily, it doesn't.
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