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Scene of the Crime (1949)





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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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Van Johnson
as Mike Conovan
Arlene Dahl
as Gloria Conovan
Tom Drake
as Det. "C.C." Gordon
Leon Ames
as Capt. A.C. Forster
John McIntire
as Fred Piper
Norman Lloyd
as Sleeper
Donald Woods
as Herkimer
Richard Benedict
as Turk Kingby
Anthony Caruso
as Tony Rutzo
Tom Powers
as Umpire Menafoe
Jerome Cowan
as Arthur Webson
Mickey Kuhn
as Ed Monigan
William Haade
as Lafe Douque
Robert Gist
as Pontiac
Tom Helmore
as Norrie Lorfield
Ray Teal
as Patrolman
Don Haggerty
as Detective
Allen Mathews
as Detective
Gregg Barton
as Detective
Mickey McCardle
as Detective
James R. Scott
as Detective
William Tannen
as Detective
Paul Fierro
as Detective
Tony Merrill
as Detective
George Magrill
as Detective
Forrest Taylor
as Captain of Detectives
Charles Wagenheim
as Nervous Man
Gladys Blake
as Voice on tape
Victor Paul
as Young Punk
Guy Kingsford
as Ballistics man
Jimmie Dundee
as Captain of Waiters
Ray Bennett
as Sheriff Kiesling
Jack Shea
as Fighter
Jean Carter
as Marlene
Jimmy Dundee
as Captain of Waiters
Douglas Carter Beane
as Sanitation Man
Mack Chandler
as Man on table
Fred Mac Murray
as Man on Table
William Phipps
as Young man
Wilson Wood
as Gateman
Billy Snyder
as Gangster
Eddie Foster
as Gangster
Zon Murray
as Gangster
Billy Dix
as Gangster
Jeffrey Sayre
as Manager of the Fol De Rol
Erin Selwyn
as Hat Check Girl
Sam Finn
as Patron
John R. McKee
as Recorder
Robert Strong
as Police stenographer
Allan Ray
as Wounded officer
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Critic Reviews for Scene of the Crime

All Critics (2)

"Scene of the Crime" is full of familiar faces from the movies of decades past. It's not all that exciting. But, it's worth a look, if for no other reason, than to see Gloria DeHaven's smoky performance.

January 21, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

One of the few film noirs attempted by MGM.

October 12, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scene of the Crime


Under-appreciated film noir with solid performances and storyline. Check out Gloria de Haven's femme fatale-type performance and her "reverse strip": scene.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer

Johnson buries his boyishness and gives a decent performance as a tough cop in this obscure noir, he's no Bob Mitchum or Dick Powell but he gets the job done. He's surrounded by a quality cast also turning in good work. Worth a look.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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