Detective Story
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Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play Detective Story was praised for its realistic view of an event-filled day in a single police precinct station. The film, directed by meticulous taskmaster William Wyler, manages to retain this realism, even allowing for the star-turn performance of Kirk Douglas. A stickler for the letter of the law, Detective James McLeod (Douglas) is not averse to using strong-arm methods on criminals and witnesses alike in bringing lawbreakers to justice. He is particularly rough on a first-time offender (Craig Hill), on whom the rest of the force is willing to go easy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though not one of Wyler's best films (it's still a play), the drama is well acted by Kirk Douglas as the tormented and obsessive cop and Lee Grant as a juvenile delinquent."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A classic film by William Wyler with memorable roles..."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"William Bendix is the best reason to see this yarn, a diverting story that never makes an impression proportionate to the talent of its cast and crew."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Wyler não consegue escapar da origem teatral do texto, mas imprime energia ao filme, que também é beneficiado por uma atuação estupenda de Douglas e por ótimas performances de Bendix, Parker e Grant (em sua estréia no cinema)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"the film's histrionics haven't aged perfectly"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Overwrought morality play."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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