Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 29, 1951

Detective Story (Paramount) is the latest in the current harvest of high-quality movies that have been transplanted from the stage or the library (see CURRENT & CHOICE). Though the film rarely ventures out of the single indoor set that housed Sidney Kingsley's 1949 Broadway hit, Detective Story makes an even better movie than a play.

The picture chronicles a busy day in the detective squad room of a Manhattan station house. The room swirls with traffic: hoodlums, crackpots, mouthpieces, sharpies; the meek, the mulcted, the outraged. The detectives, unlike those in Hollywood's endlessly filmed...

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