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The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Montagne (as Edward J. Montagne)

Writer:

Philip H. Reisman Jr. (original screenplay) (as Phil Reisman Jr.)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Miles ... Detective Frank Tobin
Patricia Barry ... Mary Mahan (as Patricia White)
Walter Kinsella Walter Kinsella ... Lieutenant Corrigan
Frank Tweddell Frank Tweddell ... Captain Lundquist
Rod McLennan Rod McLennan ... Captain Gavin
Henry Lascoe ... Joe Canko (as Henry Lasco)
Arthur L. Jarrett Arthur L. Jarrett ... Johnny Marseille (as Arthur Jarrett)
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Fisher
William Gibberson William Gibberson ... Aberfoyle
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Storyline

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, 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 ... Written by Huggo

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der tätowierte Fremde See more »

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Budget:

$124,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Lord appears in the film 2 or 3 times as one of the detectives at police headquarters. See more »

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Corrigan refers to the Jane Doe as Tattoo Tillie before the ME informs him that she has a tattoo on her wrist. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Tobin: He doesn't LOOK like a killer.
Lt. Corrigan: Neither does a toadstool.
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Low Budjets and unknown actors make good movie
1 December 2007 | by densculSee all my reviews

Its not sophisticated, and nobody in the credits had a great career, but taken as a whole, because there are no famous personalities; the film seems more realistic than some high budget, well cast films.

A film made for a few bucks, that is worthy of watching should give hope to all those would be film makers and wantabee actors.

The problem with this film is it was made in the worst possible time. TV was taking over the revenues of the film industry, and this film could have easily been shown on TV. In 1950, all the fare on TV would qualify for a "G" rating. The film industry began to make more "adult" films that could not be shown on TV during the days when TV wouldn't dare show the sex and skin of today's commercials.


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