Mary Ryan, Detective (1950)

67-68 mins | Drama | 5 January 1950

Director:

Abby Berlin

Producer:

Rudolph Flothow

Cinematographer:

Vincent Farrar

Editor:

James Sweeney

Production Designer:

George Brooks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to publicity material, the film's story was based upon actual police records. Publicity material also notes that the turkey farm scenes were filmed at Huntsinger Turkey Farms in the San Fernando ... More Less

According to publicity material, the film's story was based upon actual police records. Publicity material also notes that the turkey farm scenes were filmed at Huntsinger Turkey Farms in the San Fernando Valley. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Dec 1949.
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Daily Variety
9 Dec 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 49
p. 3, 8
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Nov 49
p. 82.
New York Times
4 Nov 49
p. 33.
Variety
9 Nov 49
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PRODUCTION COMPANY
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NAME
CREDITED AS
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DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
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DETAILS
Release Date:
5 January 1950
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 November 1949
Production Date:
16 June--28 June 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 January 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2760
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in feet):
6,036
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13963
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Estelle Byron is looking at diamonds in a jewelry store when Wilma Hall and her little daughter Patsy enter. While Wilma looks at cigarette lighters, Patsy wanders about the store. After they leave the store, Estelle decides not to buy anything, but before she leaves, the jeweler discovers that one ring is missing. He summons the police, and police detective Mary Ryan arrives with another policeman. After the jeweler describes the events leading to his discovery, Mary quickly determines that Estelle stuck the diamond ring under the counter with a wad of gum and it was later removed by her confederates, Wilma and Patsy. Estelle is arrested, but because she does not have the ring, the police cannot hold her. After Captain Billings releases Estelle, the police follow her to Wilma's apartment. Wilma and Estelle are both found guilty of theft and sentenced to jail. Both women refuse to reveal the identity of the fence to whom they have been selling the stolen merchandise, so Billings assigns Mary to go undercover. After she completes a course in shoplifting techniques, Mary joins Wilma in her cell. Mary, who is using the pseudonym Mae Smith, wins Wilma's confidence and is referred to an "employment agency," run by Mike Faber. Mike puts Mary to work as a maid at a fashionable party. To maintain her cover, Mary steals a necklace from an undercover police matron posing as a society woman. She then makes her getaway with gang member Joey Gurney, who loses the police tail. Joey then takes Mary to a turkey ranch operated by Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer. At ... +


Estelle Byron is looking at diamonds in a jewelry store when Wilma Hall and her little daughter Patsy enter. While Wilma looks at cigarette lighters, Patsy wanders about the store. After they leave the store, Estelle decides not to buy anything, but before she leaves, the jeweler discovers that one ring is missing. He summons the police, and police detective Mary Ryan arrives with another policeman. After the jeweler describes the events leading to his discovery, Mary quickly determines that Estelle stuck the diamond ring under the counter with a wad of gum and it was later removed by her confederates, Wilma and Patsy. Estelle is arrested, but because she does not have the ring, the police cannot hold her. After Captain Billings releases Estelle, the police follow her to Wilma's apartment. Wilma and Estelle are both found guilty of theft and sentenced to jail. Both women refuse to reveal the identity of the fence to whom they have been selling the stolen merchandise, so Billings assigns Mary to go undercover. After she completes a course in shoplifting techniques, Mary joins Wilma in her cell. Mary, who is using the pseudonym Mae Smith, wins Wilma's confidence and is referred to an "employment agency," run by Mike Faber. Mike puts Mary to work as a maid at a fashionable party. To maintain her cover, Mary steals a necklace from an undercover police matron posing as a society woman. She then makes her getaway with gang member Joey Gurney, who loses the police tail. Joey then takes Mary to a turkey ranch operated by Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer. At the ranch, Mary learns that Sawyer, who is the fence, smuggles the stolen goods inside smoked turkeys. When Sawyer asks Mary to help ship the turkeys, she hides a message inside one, asking the recipient to contact Billings. While she is hiding out on the ranch, Mary is forced to participate in the robbery of a fur warehouse, during which Joey is badly wounded. Mary extracts the bullet and saves his life. Meanwhile, Billings is finally alerted to Mary's location. In the meantime, however, Estelle escapes from jail and identifies Mary as a policewoman. Sawyer is about to kill her, when Joey, who owes Mary his life, shoots the Sawyers and is himself killed in the shootout. After the police arrive and round up the gang, Mary is given a well-deserved vacation. +

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