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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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Production Co:

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

When Dr. Mahan looks up "Fisher Monuments" in the phone book, she says it's on "Gun Hill Road" in the Bronx. However (and as noted here in "Filming Locations") the monument company is actually on East Tremont Ave, also in the Bronx. A wide view taken from inside the yard towards the street when the police arrive shows St. Raymond's Cemetery in the background. This monument company was also used...for a similar shootout between police and the bad guy...by the TV show, "Naked City" about ten years later. See more »

Goofs

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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A Great CSI Film in the 50's!
27 September 2004 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This is a great B film from the 1950's, because it deals with forensics just like the present day CSI Series TV shows. The police take it step by step in the laboratory and look at all the evidence with a fine toothed comb! Howard Hughes produced this film for only $124,000 and most of the filming was done in NYC, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, Queens. John Miles,(Detective Frank Tobin),"Gunfighters",'47 was a ex-marine who was able to get a college education and met up with a gal named Patricia Barry,(Patricia White),"Dear Heart",'64, who was able to assist Frank Tobin in his investigation into a young woman who had a Tattoo and was found in Central Park. If you really like B&W Classic B Films, this is a very worth while to just sit back and enjoy from beginning to END!


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