Black SplatDetective Story (1951)
   

"You butcher one more patient, and law or no law—I’ll find you. I’ll put a bullet in the back of your head, and I’ll drop your body in the East River. And I’ll go home—and I’ll sleep sweetly."

The Detective Story starring Kirk Douglas

Description - Kirk Douglas as New York City police detective Jim Mcleod from the 21st Precinct warns Dr. Snyder (George Macready), an abortionist to retire from his dirty little career or face the consequences in the motion picture Detective Story (1951). Jim gives the doctor a few good slugs that sends the doctor to the hospital, and later discovers that his wife, Mary (Eleanor Parker) had an occasion to see Dr. Snyder for an abortion years before she met her husband.

This revelation devastated Jim who mocked Mary by saying:

"My Immaculate wife...I'd just as soon Snyder die. I'd rather go to jail for twenty years than find out that my wife was a tramp....I thought I knew you. I thought you were everything good and pure.. Is that why you can't have any children.? ... What's there to understand. You went with him, a pig like that. You had a child by him, then you went to that butcher Snyder. Everything I hate. What's left to understand!...At an autopsy yesterday, I watched a medical examiner saw off the top of a man's skull, take out the brain and hold it in his hand....I'd give my soul to take out my brain, hold it under a faucet and wash away the dirty pictures you put there today."

In her defense, Jim's wife gave him dose of his own medicine. "You think you are on the side of the angels, but your not. You haven't ever a drop of ordinary human forgiveness in your whole nature. You're a cruel and vengeful man. You're everything you said you hated in your own father." Jim replied "I'm not going to listen to this anymore. Let's go home. Mary replied, "Why so you can drive me to a lunatic asylum."

A short while later, Jim was shot and killed in the line of duty. His last words "Never mind the doctor. Get a priest. Find her (Mary). Ask her to forgive me...She needs help....Oh Mary! Mary!...Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended thee and I detest all of my sins because I dread the lose of heaven and the pains of hell."

The Detective Story starring Kirk Douglas

Excerpt from the script when we first learn about Doctor Snyder:

Lieutenant: This is Detective Mcleod. Mr. Sims. He's an attorney.
Mcleod: And very clever. I've seen him in court.
Lieutenant: He represents Karl Snyder.
Mcleod: Oh, I had the pleasure of arresting your client a year ago. Changed his lawyer, but not his business.
Sims: Mr. Snyder is a retired doctor and he has a farm in New Jersey.
Mcleod: And a little sideline in New York. A very profitable one. Where's your boy?
Sims: He's ready to surrender himself on the warrant you had issued.
Mcleod: Fine, bring him in.
Sims: Before I do I have here some photographs. Now these were taken only an hour ago.
Lieutenant: Nudes. Ugly isn't he.
Sims: He's no Mr. America
Lieutenant: That he's not.
Sims: Now you will observe there are no bruises or lacerations of any kind. This is the way I'm delivery my client, and this is the way I want him back.
Mcleod: I would think that any change whatsoever would be an improvement.
Sims: And I want you to know that I'm not going to allow you to violate his constitutional rights. You're not to abuse him physically or degrade his dignity as a human being.
Mcleod: I saw one your client's patients last year in the morgue on a marble slab. There wasn't much human left of her and very little dignity.
Sims: My client was innocent of that charge. The court acquitted him.
Mcleod: Insufficient evidence. But he was guilty.
Lieutenant: What are you trying to do try the case here. Save it for the judge.
Sims: For over a year Mcleod, you personally have been making my client's life a living nightmare. Why?
Mcleod: Because I'm annoyed at criminals that get away with murder. They upset me.
Sims: That's your story. I've investigated and discovered otherwise.
Lieutenant: What are you driving at Sims?
Sims: Nothing yet.
Lieutenant: I can personally vouch for every man on the squad and that goes for Mcleod. You got something to say, say it.
Sims: When it serves my purpose, not before. Meanwhile, Lieutenant, I'm warning you. Not a hand on my client.
Lieutenant: What's he driving at?
Mcleod: Ah, fishing expedition.
Lieutenant: But not without bait. He hinted that your after Snyder for personal reasons.
Mcleod: The Anderson girl is lying in the hospital. Last year a girl that trusted him died when her baby was born. What happened to her baby and lots others, nobody knows. That's why I take a personal interest in Snyder.
Lieutenant: This is an impersonal business, Mcleod. How many...
Mcleod: He's a butcher and a murderer. You ought to visit his farm. Especially the kitchen. Looks like a place they slaughter chickens.
Lieutenant: Your moral indignation is beginning to give me a quick pain in the neck. I don't like lawyers coming in here with photos. It marks my squad lousy. And I won't have it. You understand?
Mcleod: Yes, Sir.
Lieutenant: Can't you say yes without you having it sound like an insults
Mcleod: Yes, Sir.
Lieutenant: You're getting too superior, a one man army against crime. What's eating ya?
Mcleod: I hate criminals. I don't believe in coddling them.
Lieutenant: Who tells you to?
Mcleod: You do. The whole system does.
Lieutenant: What do you want to do? Put Snyder on the rack?
Mcleod: No, I want to put him in the electric chair where he belongs and pull the switch myself.
Lieutenant: Sometimes, Mcleod, you talk like a maniac. You want to be judge and jury to. Well, you can't do it.
Mcleod: Alright. Alright. Suppose you take care of Snyder when he is arrested. Make sure he's comfortable. He gets everything he wants. I'm taking my wife out for dinner tonight and I'm gonna sleep late tomorrow.
Lieutenant: That's fine. Wrap up your squeal for today and get out of here. I don't want to see you for 24 hours.
Mcleod: You won't. Mind if I shave?
Lieutenant: You gotta have the last word, don't ya.

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