Mystery Street (1950)

Mystery Street (1950), directed by John Sturges.

Murder, skeletal remains, an innocent man arrested, and dangerous attempts at blackmailing the real killer. Detective Morales is on the case with the scientific assistance of Harvard's Department of Legal Medicine.

This is a fun, exciting police procedural which introduces the forensic genre which has become so popular since. Among it's strong features:

Jan Sterling, the first victim, was last seen in Ace in the Hole (1951).

I always have to note Walter Burke, the leprechaun-like character actor. Here he's a birdwatcher who discovers a skeleton buried on the beach.

Appreciative, chatty commentary track by two film noir scholars. I always like having a man and a woman together on these tracks: it adds perspective.