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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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Mida King
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Constance Furness
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Sue Custer
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Roger Furness
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Inspector Gunther
Connie Gilchrist ...
Pearl Delroy
Mark Daniels ...
David V. Henderson
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'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)  »

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Asasinat in gara Grand Central  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Donna Reed, Reginald Owen, Gertrude Short, 'Dick Rich' and Gayne Whitman were originally cast, but none of these actors appeared in the film. 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

How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Whistled by Norman Abbott
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No wasted time
26 July 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Excellent 1940's era comedy/who-done-it played out as a series of flashbacks in response to the detective's questions. Good dialog is complemented by unusual use of lights and interesting shots of characters in and amongst trains. Everyone had a motive, most everyone the opportunity, but only the private detective knows how murder was committed. The killer is trapped into revealing him/herself.

Unusual casting. Van Heflin and Virginia Grey appear to be playing Nick and Nora Charles – she only gets one good set of lines and he is nowhere as dapper as William Powell. Connie Gilchrist is excellent as the maid. Tom Conway is miscast but casting of police is excellent. No wasted time in this tight mystery. Highly recommended.


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