Mystery Street (1950)

Mystery Street


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Blonde good-time girl Vivian Heldon (Jan Sterling), who lives in a cheap rooming house in a working-class section of Boston, run by the inquisitive and neurotic Mrs. Smerrling (Elsa Lanchester), goes out one night after a phone conversation with her boyfriend, proclaiming that she's got big plans and might even move to a nicer place. After putting in her shift as a waitress at a cheap dive called The Grass Skirt, she latches onto Henry Shanway (Marshall Thompson), an innocently drunk patron, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sydney Boehm, Richard Brooks, Leonard Spigelgass
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as Lt. Peter Morales

as Grace Shanway

as Dr. McAdoo

as Mrs. Smerrling

as Henry Shanway

as Vivian Heldon

as James Joshua Harkley

as Jackie Elcott

as Tim Sharkey

as Tattooist

as Ornithologist

as District Attorney

as Bartender

as Bartender

as Sailor

as Constable Fischer

as Mrs. Fischer

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Photographer

as Oyster Shucker

as Dr. Levy

as Dr. Rockton

as Kilrain

as O'Hara

as Mrs. Shanway

as Policeman

as Daughter

as Mrs. Harkley

as Dr. Thorpe

as Nurse

as Elderly Lady

as High School Boy

as Portuguese Fisherman

as Photographer

as Man in Bedroom

as Pawnbroker

as Alienist

as Law Student
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Critic Reviews for Mystery Street

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Well done murder investigation with forensics from Harvard and a pioneering Hispanic policeman.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Classic Film and Television

An engaging film noir.

Full Review… | September 5, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Mystery Street


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 Bruce

Super Reviewer


Solid noir, Elsa Lanchester is a hoot as the seedy landlady.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 Gildea

Super Reviewer

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