DETECTIVE STORY (1951)

Against the backdrop of a typical day in New York's 21st Precinct squad room, Kirk Douglas is no-nonsense Detective Jim McLeod, a stalwart but hard-nosed member of the force facing a moral conflict after discovering that his wife (Eleanor Parker) once used the services of a crooked obstetrician (George MacReady), now accused of killing a woman during an illegal abortion. In addition to highlighting Douglas' star-turn performance, the film also functions as a stellar ensemble drama, with William Wyler directing a talented supporting cast, including Joseph Wiseman and Lee Grant in their screen debuts. DIR/PROD William Wyler; SCR Robert Wyler, Philip Yordan, from the play by Sidney Kingsley. U.S., 1951, b&w, 103 min. NOT RATED

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103 Minutes
Drama

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