Detective Story

Detective Story (1951)

The love story of a man whose wife was more woman than angel!

  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 1951-11-01
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 135 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: William Wyler
star 6.9/10
From 135 Ratings


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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  • Kirk Douglas

    as Det. James McLeod
  • Eleanor Parker

    as Mary McLeod
  • William Bendix

    as Det. Lou Brody
  • Cathy O'Donnell

    as Susan Carmichael
  • George Macready

    as Karl Schneider
  • Horace McMahon

    as Lt. Monaghan
  • Gladys George

    as Miss Hatch
  • Joseph Wiseman

    as Charley Gennini
  • Lee Grant

    as Shoplifter
  • Gerald Mohr

    as Tami Giacoppetti
  • Frank Faylen

    as Det. Gallagher
  • Craig Hill

    as Arthur Kindred
  • Michael Strong

    as Lewis Abbott
  • Luis van Rooten

    as Joe Feinson
  • Bert Freed

    as Det. Dakis
  • Warner Anderson

    as Endicott Sims
  • Grandon Rhodes

    as Det. O'Brien
  • William Phillips

    as Det. Pat Callahan
  • Russell Evans

    as Patrolman Barnes
  • Charles Campbell

    as Newspaper Photographer (uncredited)
  • Edmund Cobb

    as Ed (uncredited)
  • Ann Codee

    as French Woman (uncredited)
  • Catherine Doucet

    as Mrs. Farragut (uncredited)
  • Pat Flaherty

    as Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Harper Goff

    as Dave Gallantz (uncredited)
  • Howard Joslin

    as Patrolman Gus Keogh (uncredited)
  • Donald Kerr

    as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • George Magrill

    as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Mike Mahoney

    as Det. Coleman (uncredited)
  • James Maloney

    as Albert R. Pritchett (uncredited)
  • Lee Miller

    as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Ralph Montgomery

    as Policeman Finney (uncredited)
  • Burt Mustin

    as Willie the Janitor (uncredited)
  • Jack Perry

    as Man in Custody (uncredited)
  • Robert S. Scott

    as Mulvey (uncredited)
  • Jack Shea

    as Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Kay Wiley

    as Hysterical Woman (uncredited)
Writing Sidney Kingsley Theatre Play
Directing William Wyler Director
Writing Robert Wyler Screenplay
Sound Hugo Grenzbach Sound Recordist
Sound John Cope Sound Recordist
Camera Lee Garmes Director of Photography
Art Emile Kuri Set Decoration
Production William Wyler Producer
Editing Robert Swink Editor
Art A. Earl Hedrick Art Direction
Visual Effects Farciot Edouart Visual Effects
Production Lester Koenig Associate Producer
Art Hal Pereira Art Direction
Production Robert Wyler Associate Producer
Writing Philip Yordan Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Edith Head Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Wally Westmore Makeup Supervisor
Sound Victor Young Music
Sound Miklós Rózsa Music
Camera John F. Seitz Additional Photography
Costume & Make-Up Del Armstrong Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up LaVaughn Speer Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up William Woods Makeup Artist
Production Don Robb Unit Manager
Directing Charles C. Coleman Assistant Director
Art Gene Lauritzen Construction Coordinator
Sound Leon Becker Sound Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Joan Joseff Other