Detective Story (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Detective Story (1951)




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This intense, harrowing drama focuses on an embittered New York police detective who discovers that the criminal world which he despises has compromised the past of his adored wife. Surprisingly realistic and frank for its time, this film is beautifully acted by a fine ensemble cast.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Kingsley, Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2005


Kirk Douglas
as Det. James McLeod
Lee Grant
as Shoplifter
Frank Faylen
as Gallagher
George Macready
as Karl Schneider
Cathy O'Donnell
as Susan Carmichael
Horace McMahon
as Lt. Monahan
Gladys George
as Miss Hatch
Joseph Wiseman
as Charles Gennini
Gerald Mohr
as Tami Giacoppetti
Craig Hill
as Arthur
Michael Strong
as Lewis Abbott
Luis Van Rooten
as Joe Feinson
Warner Anderson
as Endicott Sims
Russ Evans
as Patrolman Barnes
Howard Joslin
as Patrolman Keogh
James Maloney
as Mr. Pritchett
Burt Mustin
as Janitor
Lee Miller
as Policeman
Mike Mahoney
as Coleman
William 'Bill' Phill...
as Det. Pat Callahan
Catharine Doucet
as Mrs. Farragut
Ann Codee
as Frenchwoman
Catherine Doucet
as Mrs. Farragut
Harper Goff
as Gallantz
Charles Campbell
as Newspaper Photograph...
Donald Kerr
as Taxi Driver
Kay Wiley
as Hysterical Woman
Pat Flaherty
as Desk Sergeant
Jack Shea
as Desk Sergeant #2
Bob Scott
as Mulvey
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Critic Reviews for Detective Story

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though not one of Wyler's best films (it's still a play), the drama is well acted by Kirk Douglas as the tormented and obsessive cop and Lee Grant as a juvenile delinquent.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011

Wyler não consegue escapar da origem teatral do texto, mas imprime energia ao filme, que também é beneficiado por uma atuação estupenda de Douglas e por ótimas performances de Bendix, Parker e Grant (em sua estréia no cinema).

April 6, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Detective Story

My second favourite Kirk Douglas movie. He plays a detective perfectly, the dialogue is great, the rest of the cast is great, the story is exciting, and it all takes place in one day. One of my favourite movies.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Truly a performance based movie that really shouldn't be treated as anything else. While it lacks powerful direction and style, I don't think there was ever any intent to have either of those. You stay involved for the larger than life performance from Kirk Douglas as the most black and white cop to ever roam the streets of New York. You can clearly see this is better suited as a play and didn't necessarily need to make the jump to screen, but I'm pleased anyway.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Good solid film, somewhat dated. Eleanor Parker gives a lovely, delicate performance.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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