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Scene of the Crime
     

Scene of the Crime

Director: Roy Rowland, Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria de Haven

Cast: Roy Rowland, Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria de Haven

 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Scene of the Crime is admired in some circles as a tough noir-ish excursion, but it's really little more than a standard police procedural. It's entertaining, mind you, but there's really nothing about it that raises it above the ordinary, certainly not to anyone raised on decades of police dramas on television. Indeed, so much of Scene is stuff that we've seen before, many times over, that it gets a tad boring. What gives Scene some interest is its cast. Van Johnson is cast against type, and while it sometimes seems a little odd to hear some of the dialogue coming out of a person we're accustomed to being an amiable and genial sort, he actually does quite well. Even better is Gloria De Haven, also cast against type, as the treacherous moll. De Haven is so good it makes you wonder why she didn't play this type more often. Arlene Dahl. On the other hand, is fairly unimpressive dramatically, but she's such an eye-full that many won't care about that. Roy Rowland's direction is fine, if not great. Modern audiences will find Scene familiar, but fans of crime thrillers may still get a kick out of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2013
UPC:
0883316685808
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
38,316

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Johnson Mike Conovan
Arlene Dahl Gloria Conovan
Gloria DeHaven Lili
Tom Drake C.C. Gordon
Norman Lloyd Sleeper
Leon Ames Capt. A.C. Forster
John McIntire Det. Fred Piper
Donald Woods Herkimer
Jerome Cowan Arthur Webson
Tom Powers Umpire Menafoe
Richard Benedict Turk Kingby
Anthony Caruso Tony Rutzo
Robert Gist Pontiac
Romo Vincent Hippo
Tom Helmore Norrie Lorfield
Caleb Peterson Loomis
Allan Ray Wounded officer
Charles Regan Club patron
Jeffrey Sayre Manager of the Fol De Rol
Ralph Montgomery Detective
Tony Merrill Detective
William Phipps Young man
John Phillips Doctor
Zon Murray Gangster
Victor Paul Young Punk
John R. McKee Recorder
Minerva Urecal Woman at crime scene
Ray Teal Patrolman
Forrest Taylor Captain of Detectives
Charles Wagenheim Nervous Man
Wilson Wood Gateman
James R. Scott Actor
Jack Shea Fighter
Erin Selwyn Hat Check Girl
William Tannen Detective
Robert Strong Police stenographer
Mary Jane Smith Actor
Billy Snyder Gangster
Gladys Blake Voice on tape
Jimmie Dundee Captain of Waiters
Billy Dix Gangster
Ray Bennett Sheriff Kiesling
Paul Fierro Detective
Sam Finn Club patron
Eddie Foster Gangster
Harris Brown Doctor
Thomas E. Breen Boy
Margaret Bert Woman
G. Pat Collins Det. Monigan
Douglas Carter Sanitation Man
Mack Chandler Man on table
Bette Arlen Girl
George Magrill Detective
Lucille Barkley Corrine
Mickey Kuhn Ed Monigan
William McCormick Older Man
Allen Mathews Detective
Mickey McCardle Detective
Cameron Grant Fighter
Don Haggerty Detective
William Haade Lafe Douque
Guy Kingsford Ballistics man
Michael Jordan Actor
Richard Irving Doctor
Michael Barrett Actor

Technical Credits
Roy Rowland Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert J. Kern Editor
André Previn Score Composer
Harry Rapf Producer
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Leonid Vasian Art Director
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Scene of the Crime
1. Chapter 1 [1:52]
2. Chapter 2 [1:13]
3. Chapter 3 [2:49]
4. Chapter 4 [2:37]
5. Chapter 5 [2:07]
6. Chapter 6 [2:58]
7. Chapter 7 [1:54]
8. Chapter 8 [3:13]
9. Chapter 9 [2:46]
10. Chapter 10 [2:46]
11. Chapter 11 [2:34]
12. Chapter 12 [1:48]
13. Chapter 13 [3:00]
14. Chapter 14 [3:41]
15. Chapter 15 [2:56]
16. Chapter 16 [4:01]
17. Chapter 17 [2:25]
18. Chapter 18 [1:21]
19. Chapter 19 [3:28]
20. Chapter 20 [3:57]
21. Chapter 21 [2:23]
22. Chapter 22 [1:55]
23. Chapter 23 [2:17]
24. Chapter 24 [2:04]
25. Chapter 25 [3:25]
26. Chapter 26 [1:31]
27. Chapter 27 [3:23]
28. Chapter 28 [4:11]
29. Chapter 29 [2:16]
30. Chapter 30 [2:53]
31. Chapter 31 [1:51]
32. Chapter 32 [2:12]
33. Chapter 33 [1:47]
34. Chapter 34 [1:29]
35. Chapter 35 [2:36]
36. Chapter 36 [3:07]
37. Chapter 37 [1:00]

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