Detective Story
Detective Story (1951)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 1, 1951
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael Szymanski

A classic film by William Wyler with memorable roles...

Nick Davis
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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.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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).

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television


Christopher Null

the film's histrionics haven't aged perfectly

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overwrought morality play.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
My second favourite Kirk Douglas movie. He plays a detective perfectly, the dialogue is great, the rest of the cast is great, the story is exciting, and it all… More
John Ballantine
Kirk Douglas succeeds in embodying all the strengths and fatal flaws of detective on the beat. It is an average day at the police station but one that is… More
Conner Rainwater
Truly a performance based movie that really shouldn't be treated as anything else. While it lacks powerful direction and style, I don't think there… More
Danny Rovira
William Wyler's gritty, absorbing cinematic adaptation of the smash Broadway hit play by Sidney Kingley. It is set in a New York City police station in the… More
jay nixon
Good solid film, somewhat dated. Eleanor Parker gives a lovely, delicate performance.
Henrik Schunk
A very good "chamber" movie, with the setting being limited to a small locale (a police station) this case, the movie evolves around the dense… More