Mystery Street (J. Sturges, 1950)

Mystery Street (John Sturges, 1950)

Bummer – a police procedural. With John Alton behind the camera, it’s definitely a visually impressive police procedural, but overall it’s a dull experience. Outside of the eccentric landlady, the other characters were just cogs in a machine plugging away to show viewers the ins and outs of due process. Think Law & Order only without any entertaining twists or gruesome revelations. It’s a beauty to look at and ends on an upnote with a tense chase scene through a railroad yard that relies exclusively on images to supply its tension and tone. Other than that, it’s not special, daring, poignant, or ambitious at all. It’s safe in all the wrong ways.  6.25/10

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