Friday, April 15, 2011
MYSTERY STREET (1950)
The story was well written (it was even nominated for an Oscar), but the most surprising thing to me about the film is how wonderful Ricardo Montalban was. I've always known him to be a good actor, but he was really good here portraying the driven detective who starts to have internal doubts about the case he's created. A lot of what goes on with his character is unspoken and Ricardo does an excellent job relaying all of that to the viewer. I kept finding myself wishing that they'd made an entire series of these crime dramas centered around his character.
As far as film noir goes MYSTERY STREET isn't a dark film filled with deep shadows. It's really just more of a mystery/crime drama, but who's cares? It's a great film and it would make an excellent double feature with T-MEN.
I also want to mention that Jan Sterling who scared the living shit out of my four years later in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY was smoking hot here and very seductive. The scene where she picks up Marshall Thompson in the bar nearly melted my DVD player!