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

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1.37 : 1
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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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Edited from Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Whistled by Norman Abbott
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Fun and Homicide in America's Most Famous Train Station
13 January 2002 | by (New York, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

Van Heflin in an early starring role is a private detective with a gorgeous assistant who happens to be his spouse. A gold-digging actress who ran through men as fast as the hapless detective inspector gulps one bottle of "pop" after the other is found dead in a private railway car in Grand Central Station (usually known as Grand Central Terminal).

Many movies have been set in or feature New York's beautiful rail station. In this wartime film, a studio set substituted for the very busy and vital rail center. The sets aren't too convincing - this film was done on a small budget but so what?

Murder is usually serious but the antics of the inspector and his lackluster squad as they try to figure out whodunit make this film, with some sprightly dialogue and good character roles, very humorous. This is a real 1930s-40s view of police as folks who can't find a murderer on a bet (which is also part of this story) without the aid of an outsider, here the indefatigable and comedic "Custer," Van Heflin.

A short film running less than an hour and a half, "Grand Central Murder" is a good party movie. Van Heflin shows the acting ability that led to his appearances in far more serious films.


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