Mystery Street

1950

Mystery Street

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This taut film noir begins as blonde tart Vivian Hedron seduces Henry Shanway so she can swipe his car. She speeds off to meet her married lover, who promptly murders her. When Hedron's skeleton eventually is discovered and the police find Shanway's car nearby, he becomes the prime suspect,

Cast

Ricardo Montalban
as Lt. Peter Morales
Sally Forrest
as Grace Shanway
Bruce Bennett
as Dr. McAdoo
Elsa Lanchester
as Mrs. Smerrling
Marshall Thompson
as Henry Shanway
Jan Sterling
as Vivian Heldon
Edmon Ryan
as James Joshua Harkley
Betsy Blair
as Jackie Elcott
Wally Maher
as Tim Sharkey
Ralph Dumke
as Tattooist
Walter Burke
as Ornithologist
Don Shelton
as District Attorney
Bradford Hatton
as Bartender
Brad Hatton
as Bartender
Jim Hayward
as Constable Fischer
Eula Guy
as Mrs. Fischer
King Donovan
as Reporter
George Cooper
as Reporter
Ralph Brooks
as Reporter
John Crawford
as Reporter
Allen O'Locklin
as Photographer
Melvin H. Moore
as Oyster Shucker
Ned Glass
as Dr. Levy
Matt Moore
as Dr. Rockton
John Maxwell
as Kilrain
Louise Lorimer
as Mrs. Shanway
Jack Shea
as Policeman
Lucille Curtis
as Mrs. Harkley
Bert Davidson
as Dr. Thorpe
Elsie Baker
as Elderly Lady
Jim Frasher
as High School Boy
Ernesto Morelli
as Portuguese Fisherman
Fred E. Sherman
as Photographer
George Brand
as Man in Bedroom
Fred Santley
as Pawnbroker
Perry Ivins
as Alienist
Peter Thompson
as Law Student
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  • Sep 09, 2018
    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.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2012
    Outstanding film from a Film Noir collection. Ricardo Montaiban plays an detective in trying to solve the murder of a toe dancer outside of Boston. A Man is arrested for her murder but is he the right man, after some time Ricardo Montaiban doesn't think so, he seeks the help of Harvard University to help find real killer. This is an excellent story line for the time period 4 1/2 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2009
    Solid noir, Elsa Lanchester is a hoot as the seedy landlady.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2007
    A pretty weak example of film noir as it really doesn't have many noir themes to it with the exception of the wrongly accused man. It's more like a 60 year-old episode of CSI with a generally boring cast, minus Elsa Lanchester. More of a forgettable, run of the mill murder mystery than film noir. Although in the plus column it's wonderfully photographed.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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