Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mystery Street

Mystery Street is a 1950 John Sturges film noir starring Ricardo Montalbano (who has a Star Trek connection), Bruce Bennett (who played Tarzan in the 1930s) and Elsa Lanchester. On the TV series Leverage this movie is named as the first mainstream film o show forensic science in a murder investigation. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Story. The Husband, The Younger Son and I enjoyed this movie. It has held up surprisingly well.


Time Out calls it "a neat thriller" with "nice performances". DVD Talk describes it as "an engaging murder investigation story that introduced scientific medical research to film audiences" and says, "The unassuming, entertaining murder tale Mystery Street holds up well". Noir of the Week says, "after WWII, more and more films were shot on location and that Mystery Street might be the earliest example of a film shot entirely in the Boston area." Rotten Tomatoes has only 2 critics reviews, not enough for a score.

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