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Detective Story Review


Good
It's just another day at the precinct for Jim McLeod (Kirk Douglas)... well, that's what we're supposed to think anyway.

Detective Story takes place almost entirely within a detective squad room of a police station. Originally a play, the film focuses on the dramas -- large and small -- that go on during this fateful day. A woman (Lee Grant) is hauled in for shoplifting. She spends the entire day just sitting there, waiting. Another man is brought in for stealing from his boss in order to fund his girlfriend's expensive tastes, while her sister begs for the cops to let him go. Two burglars are given the shakedown. And, in what drives the film's most critical plot forward, McLeod spars continuously with a suspicious doctor for reasons unknown. When McLoed's wife (Eleanor Parker) shows up, it'll come to a head.

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Detective Story Review


Good
It's just another day at the precinct for Jim McLeod (Kirk Douglas)... well, that's what we're supposed to think anyway.

Detective Story takes place almost entirely within a detective squad room of a police station. Originally a play, the film focuses on the dramas -- large and small -- that go on during this fateful day. A woman (Lee Grant) is hauled in for shoplifting. She spends the entire day just sitting there, waiting. Another man is brought in for stealing from his boss in order to fund his girlfriend's expensive tastes, while her sister begs for the cops to let him go. Two burglars are given the shakedown. And, in what drives the film's most critical plot forward, McLeod spars continuously with a suspicious doctor for reasons unknown. When McLoed's wife (Eleanor Parker) shows up, it'll come to a head.

Continue reading: Detective Story Review

Dillinger Review


Good
The famed bank robber gets his life story told in a spare 70 minutes. While his origins as a petty thief are quite compelling, his bank robbery hijinks are less so. The story's been told countless times, and this one's worth a peek for history buffs. Lawrence Tierney's first major role came as the title character.

Houdini Review


Very Good
This fanciful biography of Harry Houdini, starring Tony Curtis, is heavily fictionalized (Houdini dies from an underwater escape attempt in the film instead of peritonitis) but plenty of fun. Curtis and Janet Leigh, as Mrs. H, make for a memorable movie pair, but the film glosses over what was, by all accounts, a very interesting life.
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