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The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

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64 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Early one morning in a New York City park, a passerby walking his dog discovers who ends up being a Jane Doe shot dead in the front passenger seat of a parked car. Homicide Chief Captain Lundquist assigns longtime Homicide Detective, ...See moreEarly one morning in a New York City park, a passerby walking his dog discovers who ends up being a Jane Doe shot dead in the front passenger seat of a parked car. Homicide Chief Captain Lundquist assigns longtime Homicide Detective, hard-boiled and grizzled Lieutenant Corrigan in charge of the investigation. He also assigns as co-lead younger college educated Detective Frank Tobin, newly transferred into Homicide from the Police Laboratory. While Tobin, who is used to having his head above a microscope in conducting his work, realizes that he has to gain the skills of field work on the job, rough around the edges Corrigan is not looking forward to working with who he considers an egghead. They have to discover not only the victim's identity, but who killed her, why she was killed and the killer's whereabouts, Tobin determining early in the investigation that the killer is indeed a man and a tall one at that. One of the other major leads is the tattoo on the victim's wrist. In the process of their investigation, Corrigan and Tobin will either complement each other in their different working styles, or drive each other crazy in those differences. In following another lead, Tobin meets botanist Dr. Mary Maher, association with who he may want to extend beyond this case in his attraction to her. Written by Huggo See less
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Director
Edward Montagne (as Edward J. Montagne)
Writer
Philip H. Reisman Jr. (original screenplay) (as Phil Reisman Jr.)
Composer
Alan Shulman (as Alan Schulman)
Cinematographer
William O. Steiner (as William Steiner)
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Release date
Feb 9, 1950 (United States)

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John Miles
Detective Frank Tobin Detective Frank Tobin   See fewer
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Patricia Barry
Mary Mahan (as Patricia White) Mary Mahan (as Patricia White)   See fewer
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Walter Kinsella
Lieutenant Corrigan Lieutenant Corrigan   See fewer
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Frank Tweddell
Captain Lundquist Captain Lundquist   See fewer
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Rod McLennan
Captain Gavin Captain Gavin   See fewer
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Henry Lascoe
Joe Canko (as Henry Lasco) Joe Canko (as Henry Lasco)   See fewer
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Arthur L. Jarrett
Johnny Marseille (as Arthur Jarrett) Johnny Marseille (as Arthur Jarrett)   See fewer
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Jim Boles
Fisher Fisher   See fewer
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William Gibberson
Aberfoyle Aberfoyle   See fewer
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William Alston
Desk Sergeant (uncredited) Desk Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lewis Charles
Billy Alcohol (uncredited) Billy Alcohol (uncredited)   See fewer
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Coleman Francis
Stonecutter (uncredited) Stonecutter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herbert Holcombe
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Lord
Detective Deke Del Vecchio (uncredited) Detective Deke Del Vecchio (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.1 / 10 | 841 votes