Scene of the Crime (1949)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Release Date - Jul 28, 1949 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The Dore Schary regime at MGM brought a much-needed dose of stark realism to the venerable studio. Van Johnson sheds his boy-next-door image to play L.A. plainclothes lieutenant Mike Conovan. Determined to bring a cop killer to justice, Conovan will let no man stand in his way -- not even his level-headed superiors. The detective's single-purposed pursuit causes a rift in his marriage to wife Gloria (Arlene Dahl). The film comes very close to the Dragnet school of unadorned, unglamorized police procedure: it adheres to standard MGM formula only in the final reconciliation scene. Officially a Harry Rapf production, Scene of the Crime was completed by another producer when Rapf died during filming.

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killing, death, investigation, murder, partner, revenge, criminal