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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Kingsley, Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2005


as Det. James McLeod

as Shoplifter

as Dakis

as Gallagher

as Karl Schneider

as Susan Carmichael

as Lt. Monahan

as Miss Hatch

as Charles Gennini

as Tami Giacoppetti

as Arthur

as Lewis Abbott

as Joe Feinson

as Endicott Sims

as Patrolman Barnes

as Patrolman Keogh

as Mr. Pritchett

as Janitor

as Policeman

as Coleman

as Det. Pat Callahan

as Mrs. Farragut

as Frenchwoman

as Mrs. Farragut

as Gallantz

as Newspaper Photograph...

as Taxi Driver

as Hysterical Woman

as Desk Sergeant

as Desk Sergeant #2

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
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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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