Act of Violence

Act of Violence

[and] Mystery Street

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Mystery street: Vivian is being brushed off by her rich, married boyfriend. To confront him, she hijacks Henry Shanway and his car from Boston to Cape Cod. Once there, she strands Henry. Months later, a skeleton is found on a lonely Cape Cod beach. Using the macabre expertise of Harvard forensic specialist Dr. McAdoo, Lt. Pete Morales must work back from bones to find the victim's identity and killer.
Act of violence: Ex-World War II pilot Frank Enley is a respected contractor and family man. Then his troubled, gimp-legged bombardier shows up with a gun and a score to settle. Perhaps neither man is what he seems to be.
Edition: Full-screen.
ISBN: 9781419851216
Branch Call Number: ACT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (175 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Mystery Street (1950)


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Jun 03, 2015

What an EXCELLENT double feature. "Act Of Violence": A very tense revenge noir with Robert Ryan thirsting Van Heflin's blood, and a young Janet Leigh caught in the middle. "Mystery Street": For 1950, this one's unique in its selected setting/location (Boston -- my hometown...), its amazingly early scientific/forensic approach to criminology, and having a young non-Caucasian (Ricardo Montalban) in the lead role. Elsa Lanchester is a real bonus treat, too.

michaeljohnson1979 Mar 28, 2014

The five stars are for Act of Violence. I would rank it up there with classics like Detour and Out of the Past.

Mystery Street is a run-of-the-mill police procedural. Billing it as a film noir is really a stretch.

theorbys Dec 31, 2012

VERY nice crime noirs. Act of Violence has a fine Mary Astor and Robert Ryan presents, as ever, his brooding, overpowering presence. Mystery Street has a young Ricardo Montalban in a police procedural with a very early forensic angle. The inimitable Elsa Lanchester plays a clichéd role, but as well as it can be done.

Jun 02, 2011

Act of Violence: Better you should have Electra, Orestes and all the Furies after you, than Robert Ryan. Van Heflin is fine as the smug, small-town booster whose applecart is upset. Mary Astor has seen it all, done them all. Mystery Street: The story veers from drama to comedy and back again, but the classic noir direction and cinematography are stunning. Ricardo Montalban is a chipper, non-WASP detective. SPOILER: to the best of my knowledge, this is the first appearance of the remains of a fetus in a mainstream film. No, not in a gory way. The bones are like mysterious little seashells on a lonely beach.

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