In the canon of films directed by William Wyler, DETECTIVE STORY isn't one that gets a lot of mention. Not like Wyler's WUTHERING HEIGHTS, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE HEIRESS, ROMAN HOLIDAY, BEN-HUR or the three Bette Davis classics he directed -- JEZEBEL, THE LETTER and THE LITTLE FOXES. Just like Wyler's 1937 film, DEAD END, DETECTIVE STORY was based on a dramatic play by Sidney Kingsley. 1951's DETECTIVE STORY starred Kirk Douglas as a New York City police detective who can only see the worst in people. One of my favorite Kirk Douglas performances is in this film. Det. McLeod's anger comes out in harmful police brutality which he's been warned about by his precinct captain.
There's a casting connection to DETECTIVE STORY and Stanley Kubrick's anti-war film, PATHS OF GLORY. That's another classic featuring Kirk Douglas at his best. In Kubrick's World War 1 film, Douglas plays Col. Dax. He's the commanding officer who tries to defend a few of his men in a court-martial. He feels they were set up to fail in battle by an ambitious general. The innocent soldiers in danger of being executed are scapegoats. The ambitious, irresponsible general in Kubrick's 1957 classic was played by actor George Macready.
I have a question about a DETECTIVE STORY cast member. And, yes, I raleady looked at Wikipedia and IMDb online sites. The actor plays the black cop in the precinct. The only black cop. He has lines and he's seen in a good portion of the movie. But he's not referred to by name which made it a bit tough to look him up. Does anyone know his name and background? Was he in the original Broadway cast along with Lee Grant?