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Grand Central Murder (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | May 1942 (USA)
Classic whodunit mystery film about a gold-digging variety show actress who has many enemies and is found dead in her private railroad car at Grand Central Station in New York.

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Patricia Dane ...
Mida King
Cecilia Parker ...
Constance Furness
Virginia Grey ...
Sue Custer
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Roger Furness
Sam Levene ...
Inspector Gunther
Connie Gilchrist ...
Pearl Delroy
Mark Daniels ...
David V. Henderson
Stephen McNally ...
'Turk' (as Horace McNally)
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Frankie Ciro
Betty Wells ...
'Baby' Delroy
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Paul Rinehart
Roman Bohnen ...
Ramon
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Arthur Doolin
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Storyline

A convict being escorted in for retrial escapes at Grand Central and threatens his old girlfriend on the phone. She flees for her new beau's private railcar at the same station. When she is then found murdered the cops round up a motley group of suspects including the escapee, several guys feeling sore at the way the gold-digging broad had treated them, some jealous dames, and a private eye already on the case. Inspector Gunther soon has a problem - enough evidence to fry all of them. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Screamingly funny! Screamingly thrilling!


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May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asasinat in gara Grand Central  »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere on Monday 5 November 1956 on KTTV (Los Angeles); its New York City television premiere took place on 14 December 1956 on WCBS, and in San Francisco on 2 January 1958 on KGO-TV. See more »

Quotes

Mida King, Stage Name of Beulah Toohey: Where were you raised? Didn't anyone ever tell you its bad luck to whistle in a dressing room?
Whistling Messenger: I'm sorry miss, I... I was raised in a cattle boat, where folks whistle when they feel like it, including the cows!
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Referenced in Foyle's War: Casualties of War (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Broadway's Still Broadway
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Ted Fetter
Sung by Connie Gilchrist in a burlesque show and danced by a chorus
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Who Killed Mida King?
13 December 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Not a bad murder mystery with an interesting slant, gathering the usual suspects together in one place to flush out the guilty one takes place at the beginning of the film rather than at the end as would normally be the case. This enables the story to unfold in flashback fashion as told by each of the suspects. Van Heflin shines in one of his early roles. He seems a bit brash in places but otherwise is excellent. Patricia Dane in one of her few cinema appearances does well as the nasty gold digger who is murdered. Sam Levene made good money playing the dumb police inspector in several films of the period including two Thin Man's. So he knew his part by heart. And it's good to see veteran actor Millard Mitchell in one of his early roles.

When I first watched "Grand Central Murder," I reasoned it was taken from a play because that is how it runs. There are a few action scenes involving trains, especially at the end, but otherwise it could all have taken place on stage. This makes the movie very talkative and is a major weakness. I was surprised to see that the screenplay was adapted from a novel by Sue MacVeigh. So director S. Sylvan Simon must be to blame. The script is well-written with many witty lines. Not a bad way to spend 73 minutes.


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