#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Jim McLeod is a hard-nosed and cynical detective. He believes in a strict interpretation of the law and doesn’t believe in turning the other cheek. The current object of his zealousness is Karl Schneider, an abortionist responsible for the death of several young women. Schneider’s lawyer tells the precinct lieutenant that McLeod has his own personal reasons for going after his client. It turns out that his wife was a patient before they met, although Jim knew nothing of it. His world suddenly turned upside down, McLeod is too late in re-evaluating his priorities.
Plot: Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod, leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city’s lowlife. The characters who pass through the precinct over the course of the day include a young petty embezzler, a pair of burglars, and a naive shoplifter.
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Great vehicle for Kirk Douglas’ acting talents
Kirk Douglas has always excelled in roles where he plays the maverick loner, walking the fine line between anger and insanity. Thus his role as Det. Jim McLeod in “Detective Story” is a real showcase for his acting talents. This is not a crime drama in the conventional sense where there is any real action or crime to solve, even though you have a room full of New York City police detectives on screen for just about the whole movie. Instead it is a character study of Jim McLeod, played by Kirk Douglas. McLeod’s motivation in his work is not to solve crimes or even protect the innocent. Instead, he is motivated by a desire to root out evil by his definition of the word. Evil is something McLeod claims that anyone can easily spot. McLeod’s world view doesn’t differentiate between the one-time bad act of a basically good person, such as Arthur Kindred (Craig Hill), a young man who impulsively stole from his employer in a last ditch attempt to impress a girl he believed he loved, versus the misdeeds of a lifetime criminal, such as the homicidal maniac Charlie (Arthur Kindred), that has also been apprehended by the detective squad that same day.
When confronted by a mistake in the past of the person nearest to him, his own wife, McLeod is equally unforgiving. His rage and disgust is so great, you’re not sure what bothers him more – the discovery of his wife’s past or the failure of his own nose to sniff out the misdeed prior to this. By the time McLeod realizes his own inflexibility and lack of empathy have cost him what he loves the most, it is too late to undo the damage, and this leads to one last tragedy.
This is Douglas in an early fine if not huggable role, and is recommended viewing for that reason alone. William Bendix makes up for the lack of likability in Douglas’ character as Detective Lou Brady, who likes to temper the letter of the law with a little humanity. Then there’s a very young Lee Grant as a shoplifter who just can’t stop babbling. Finally, there’s Horace McMahon as Lieutenant Monaghan, head of the detective squad and the kind of boss we’d all like to have.
I think I’d go crazy too…
DETECTIVE STORY is one of those thrillers that takes place over the course of a single day, a bit like an old-fashioned 24. Thus the premise is a decent one – a police station is the setting for about 90% of the story – and the web of lies, deceit, and conflict that arises from the arrest of a back street abortionist is well crafted and expertly staged. And when I say staged, I mean it; this was an adaptation of a popular stage play, which is apparent in the single location nature of the thing.
It’s an interesting little work that plays out as a character piece for the most part. Kirk Douglas appears in a star-making turn as the stressed-out detective who becomes more and more personally involved with his case. He has the everyman likability of his son Michael here, and is completely believable in the part. The supporting cast is a delightful mix of laconics, wiseguys, and eccentrics, and incorporates the familiar faces of Lee Grant, Bert Freed, William Bendix, and future spaghetti western star Craig Hill. Overall, though, it’s director William Wyler (ROMAN HOLIDAY) who keeps the whole thing taut and bubbling merrily along.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director William Wyler
Writer Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler, Sidney Kingsley
Actors Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 4 Oscars. 5 wins & 11 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (11 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm