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Murder in the Private Car (1934)

Passed  -  Mystery | Romance  -  29 June 1934 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Scott (as Charlie Ruggles)
Una Merkel ...
Russell Hardie ...
Porter Hall ...
Willard Robertson ...
Berton Churchill ...
Clifford Thompson ...
Allen (as Cliff Thompson)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Titus (as Snowflake)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Semels ...
Evil Eye (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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29 June 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ăšltima Carruagem  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Weird, yet wonderful, this is one of the best "B" films M-G-M ever made.
18 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

One of the best from M-G-M's "B" hive, not only for sheer entertainment, but for technical and artistic quality as well.

Super fast-paced, densely written and ingeniously characterized, the story comes to a stunningly extravagant climax.

Beaumont's direction is as zippily smooth as the crackerjack plot. The work of two photographers is superbly meshed by a deft film editor, while the dazzling art direction and attractive costume design are miracles of Hollywood craftsmanship.

Mary Carlisle makes a delightfully sympathetic heroine. She receives solid support all the way down the line, especially from Una Merkel and Charlie Ruggles.

Imaginatively weird, extravagantly bizarre, this unusual mystery thriller is a real winner.

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