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Under-appreciated film noir with solid performances and storyline. Check out Gloria de Haven's femme fatale-type performance and her "reverse strip": scene.
Scene of the Crime is an excellent film. It is about a homicide detective who investigates the shooting of fellow detective. Van Johnson and Arlene Dahl give amazing performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Roy Rowland did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.
MGM tries its best to go 'dark'-noir that is
Johnson buries his boyishness and gives a decent performance as a tough cop in this obscure noir, he's no Bob Mitchum or Dick Powell but he gets the job done. He's surrounded by a quality cast also turning in good work. Worth a look.
Un bon p'tit film noir ! J'ai ben aimé !
Thursday, August 4, 2011
(1949) Scene Of The Crime
Typical film noir starring Van Johnson as Mike the police officer whose just learned that his ex-partner had been murdered with some bad word of mouth attached to his name as a cop who accepted bribes or as someone who can be corrupted, so Mike makes it part of an obsession to find out what happened, why, and how come, even though if it means affecting his marriage, since to work for the law enforcement is like a 24 hour job.
They're also some inconsistencies in terms of the storytelling with some predictable moments, but as a film noir- it's still entertaining with a superficial ending!
3 out of 4
Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are being robbed, most upsetting to the racket bosses who can't get normal police protection. Mike encounters blind alleys and double crosses, and is distracted by his wife's growing disenchantment.