Big screen classics

Detective Story

Twenty-four hours at a busy New York police station, with Kirk Douglas as a cop at the end of his tether.

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USA 1951
Dir William Wyler
With Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, George Macready
103min
Digital
Certificate 12A

A day in the lives of the staff at a New York police precinct station, this centres on Detective Jim McLeod (Douglas), a volatile, hard-nosed cop contemptuous of the sundry law-breakers he has to constantly deal with. The impressive performances of a superior cast, Lee Garmes’ characteristically fine camerawork, and the claustrophobic precinct setting make for gripping entertainment.

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