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Detective Story

Detective Story

Detective Story

1951 / 103min / DCP

DIRECTOR: WILLIAM WYLER

Hard-case NYPD detective Kirk Douglas is on the trail of a disreputable doctor performing illegal abortions, and his investigation takes him close to the edge—and to his own front door, as he’s forced to confront painful facts of his wife’s past. Wyler, working his deep-focus magic with cinematographer Lee Garmes, turned the precinct house-set source play by Sidney Kingsley into something dynamically cinematic. No less of an accomplishment, he also managed to find a way around the Production Code Administration’s usual ban on depictions of cop-killing and mentions of abortion, creating a vice-tight noir touching on aspects of life that Hollywood preferred to avoid.