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Murder in the Private Car (1934)

Passed | | Mystery, Romance | 29 June 1934 (USA)
Ruth Raymond works on the switchboard and her boyfriend is John Blake. It has taken 14 years, but a detective named Murray has found her and confirmed that she is Ruth Carson. As a child, ... See full summary »

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Scott (as Charlie Ruggles)
Una Merkel ...
Georgia
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Ruth
Russell Hardie ...
Blake
Porter Hall ...
Murray
Willard Robertson ...
Hanks
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Carson
Clifford Thompson ...
Allen (as Cliff Thompson)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Titus (as Snowflake)
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Harry Semels ...
Evil Eye (scenes deleted)
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Ruth Raymond works on the switchboard and her boyfriend is John Blake. It has taken 14 years, but a detective named Murray has found her and confirmed that she is Ruth Carson. As a child, she was kidnaped by her uncle and is the daughter of a wealthy railroad tycoon. Under the watchful eye of Godfrey D. Scott, an attempt on her life is foiled. But a fake telegram put her on a private railroad car heading east. It is in this car that her life is again in danger and people are murdered. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mystery | Romance

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29 June 1934 (USA)  »

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A Última Carruagem  »

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1.37 : 1
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Both Harry Semels as "Evil Eye" and Akim Tamiroff as "Italian Man" are supposed to be in the movie, but neither one appears. See more »

Quotes

Georgia Latham: Honey, my advice is to get off the train at the next stop, wherever it is. This is the biggest maybe trip I ever took.
Ruth: What do you mean maybe trip?
Georgia Latham: Well, you're the daughter of a very wealthy man - maybe. Murray is a New York lawyer taking you to meet your father - maybe. Allen is in love with you and trying to protect your interests - maybe. Scott is a nut! Positively! I'm beginning to suspect Blake and, eh, I'm not even so sure of myself!
Ruth: I'll see you in the morning.
Georgia Latham: Maybe.
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24 May 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Murder in the Private Car (1934)

** (out of 4)

MGM murder/mystery has Una Merkel playing a woman who is identified as a baby who was kidnapped fourteen years earlier. Now, as an adult, her father has paid for her to come home to him so she gets on a train where a stranger tells her she only has eight hours to live. Charles Ruggles plays a small-time detective who tries to keep the girl alive long enough to meet her father. Only God is certain on how many of these mysteries I've seen over the years and they are all mostly average with a few that manage to be quite good movies. This one here thankfully just runs 63-minutes but it's pretty lifeless through each of those minutes. The biggest problem is that the film goes for far too many laughs, which wouldn't be a problem if they were actually funny. Since they are all unfunny it really drags the film down and makes all the characters quite annoying. Ruggles just doesn't work as the leading man as his humor is very annoying and he really can't keep the film moving. Merkel is good in her role, although it's certainly not written too well. And yes, there's a gorilla who shows up to scare everyone. I'm still trying to figure out why all of these mysteries from the silent era to the 1940s featured a gorilla.


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