The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Apr. 4, 1949

Detective Story (by Sidney Kingsley; produced by Howard Lindsay & Russel Grouse) does a full-color job on life in a Manhattan police station. Laid in the detective squad room, it bristles with movement and crackles with drama, is by turns grim and grotesque, touching and horrifying. Around the edges hover wacky complainants and befuddled minor offenders; farther inside, matters are darker, bloodier, more tragic.

In the very center of the picture is Detective Jim McLeod (excellently played by Ralph Bellamy). Because he had a sadistic father, he has become relentlessly uncharitable as well as rigidly just toward all evildoers. His only real...

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