USA 19


A day in the life of New York's 21st precinct police station. Douglas is the hard-hitting, by-the-book detective Jim McLeod, whose world falls apart when, through his investigations of an abortionist, his own family becomes incriminated. Based on a play - and does it show - the film works well enough in general, but ultimately the message of a good cop overwhelmed by the inherent evil around him fails to come across successfully. The big main set of the police station is impressive, though, and a colorful supporting cast make this always highly watchable entertainment.

Excerpt from Channel 4's website HERE



Theatrical Release: November 6th, 1951

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DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:08 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: October 25th, 2005

Double Lock Keep Case
Chapters: 15



Absolutely stunning image. One of the best I have seen for a black and white film this year. Superb sharpness, shadow details and contrast. Standard Paramount bare bones release with no extras and a price tag for the frugal minded. The image and price make it a must own for Noir fans and everyone else too. Wyler direction sends the film to upper tier to join the DVD.

Gary W. Tooze


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