The New Pictures, Aug. 7, 1950

Mystery Street (MGM) is a low-budget melodrama without box-office stars or advance ballyhoo. It does not pretend to do much more than tell a straightaway, logical story of scientific crime detection. Within such modest limits, Director John Sturges* and Scripters Sydney Boehm and Richard Brooks have treated the picture with such taste and craftsmanship that it is just about perfect.

The audience soon knows the identity of Mystery Street's murderer, but the police have only one clue: the victim's skeleton on a Cape Cod beach. In absorbing, plausible detail, the movie shows how a...

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