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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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Cast

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Patricia Dane ...
Mida King
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Constance Furness
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Sue Custer
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Roger Furness
Sam Levene ...
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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Budget:

$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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Edited from Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Broadway's Still Broadway
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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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Snappy dialog make this worth your time
2 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although this movie stars Van Heflin, you'd almost swear that it's a series detective film. If the names were only changed, I could imagine that this could have been a decent plot for Boston Blackie, the Lone Wolf or the Saint. That's because although the story is told through a series of flashbacks, in most other ways it is identical to a series film. It features the usual daffy lead police detective, his dumber than a tomato assistant, great snappy dialog, accusations that the private eye himself committed the murder, a sidekick for this guy and more twists and turns than any crime film deserves to have! For lovers of the genre, this film is a must-see---especially since Heflin's performance is so good and apparently effortless. While the movie occasionally bogs down a tad here and there (it is a bit too "talky"), it is generally quite interesting and the film's conclusion is truly horrific yet exciting to watch. Good stuff well worth your time.


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