Mystery Street

"Cinema: the new pictures," August 7, 1950.


Review of “Mystery Street,” from Time, August 7, 1950

From the Archives of Harvard Medical School

An MGM film originally intended as a documentary on the work of the Department of Legal Medicine was later recast as a fictional drama—Mystery Street (also known as Murder at Harvard.)  The plot concerns a police detective (Ricardo Montalban) investigating and solving the murder of a woman on a Cape Cod beach with the help of “Dr. McAdoo” (Bruce Bennett, portraying a fictionalized version of Alan R. Moritz) and the Legal Medicine personnel at Harvard.


Photograph of a preview of “Mystery Street,” September 1950



Preview screening of “Mystery Street,” September 1950

From the Records of the Department of Legal Medicine

A special preview screening of Mystery Street was offered to Harvard faculty and staff; Dean George Packer Berry was present, and Richard Ford is standing at the rear of the theater.

Richard Ford (1915-1970)
Mystery Street