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Scene of the Crime (Warner Archive) (1949)
|Actor:||Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven, Tom Drake, Leon Ames, John McIntire, Donald Woods, Norman Lloyd, Jerome Cowan, Tom Powers, Richard Benedict, (more)|
|Genre:||Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Murder, Gangsters/Crime|
|Studio:||Warner Home Video|
|Released:||January 29, 2013|
|Misc:||NTSC, Full Screen, Black & White|
|Language:||English (Original Language)|
SYNOPSIS:Van Johnson cracks heads and cases in this hardboiled crime thriller costarring Gloria DeHaven and Arlene Dahl, directed by Roy Rowland (The Girl Hunters) and written by Oscar-winner Charles Schnee (They Live by Night). Assigned to investigate the murder of a plainclothes detective outside a bookie joint, homicide lieutenant Mike Conovan (Johnson) must also prove the cop was not on the take after $1,000 is found in his pocket. Following a slim set of clues, Conovan is beaten, shot and double-crossed as he sets out to catch a killer and clear the detective's name.
A departure from M-G-M's usual glamor and glitz, Scene of the Crime was part of production head Dore Schary's effort to provide post-war audiences with grittier, more realistic entertainment. The film succeeded on all counts, returning a handsome profit to the studio and earning an Edgar nomination from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture.