Noir Saturday: The Tattotted Stranger

Here’s tonight’s offering, The Tattotted Stranger.


The Tattooed Stranger is a 1950 American crime film noir shot on location in New York City, directed by Edward Montagne, and starring John Miles, Patricia Barry, Walter Kinsella and Frank Tweddell. The picture was one of the first films featuring Jack Lord, who went on to star in the television series Hawaii Five-O. It was John Miles’ final film appearance.

A man strolling in Central Park finds a ladies’ glove on the dog walk. He spots a woman reclining in a nearby sedan and approaches to ask if it belongs to her. The problem is she can’t answer — she’s dead of a shotgun blast to the gut. The shocked man blares away with the car’s horn to attract the nearest cop (one is actually nearby). Thus begins 19050’s The Tattooed Stranger, a low budget (but shot on location) police procedural that comes two years on the heels of the incredibly successful The Naked City. Although the film is limited in some ways by its ultra-low budget, it remains of interest today because of its honest and unflinching depiction the New York City slums, and the matter-of-fact cynicism of the cops who work them.

Check it out tonight @ 11PM on TCM CST or 9AM CST on Sunday. Enjoy and check out the trailer.

F.M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West


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