Detective Story (1951) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Robert Wyler and Lester Koenig.
An embittered cop (Douglas) and his mercurial temper affect life in a New York City police precinct. His wife, Parker, suffers from neglect and his sympathetic boss tries to counsel him. Explosive drama takes place almost entirely in the claustrophobic confines of the precinct house. Based on Kingsley's Broadway play, this seminal cop drama was a prototype for everything from Hill Street Blues to NYPD Blue.
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Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Eleanor Parker||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lee Grant||Nominated|
|Best Director||William Wyler||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler||Nominated|
Detective Story (1951)By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 3, 2018 From 4 Star Films
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Detective Story (1951, William Wyler)By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 10, 2016 From The Stop Button
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Detective Story (1951)By Brandy Dean on May 2, 2014 From Pretty Clever Films
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Detective Story (1951)By monty on Apr 20, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks
Flixster - Share MoviesOne day in a New York City police precinct where all kinds of people intersect. Kirk Douglas is the tough detective who is dealing with a case involving an abortionist. It also has a shoplifter, two dangerous burglars, and an embezzler. A taut in your face crime drama that fea... Read full article
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Horace McMahon, Joseph Wiseman, Michael Strong and Lee Grant re-enacted their stage roles.
Film debut of Burt Mustin.
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