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directed by Edward Montagne
USA 1950


Cops swarm a Central Park crime scene where a cold corpse sits in a hot car. The victim is a Jane Doe, shotgunned elsewhere and driven to the park in the stolen sedan. Veteran cop Corrigan (Walter Kinsella) and Tobin (John Miles), a university-trained rookie Corrigan dismisses as “Louis Pasteur,” are charged with finding both whodunit and who the victim is. And from a tattoo on the victim’s arm to sand-packed shotgun casings that defy ballistics analysis to a blade of a rare type of grass found in the car, the cops pull a case together. Science of the era does a ridealong with our detective heroes in this trim yet event-packed B-movie police procedural directed by Edward J. Montagne, producer of the Man Against Crime TV series.


Theatrical Release: 9 February 1950 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:03:58

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.63 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
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In February 2011, Warner Archive released a trio of rare RKO thrillers from 1950 - Destination Murder, The Tattooed Stranger and Experiment Alcatraz which we will be reviewing here, at DVDBeaver. The Tattooed Stranger is part procedural part mystery solving a case of a body found in Central Park. John Miles is very likeable as a lead detective of the case (although this would me his last film role) and Patricia White is extra cute as his love interest (after this film she would be credited under her married name, Patricia Barry).

The print quality for this title is fine. There are number of marks and specs, but overall contrast is good. There is no trailer provided and per usual standard, no subtitles. A recommended little thriller for any B-noir fans.

  - Gregory Meshman


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