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Lady on a Train (1945)

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While waiting at a train station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder from a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since there's no body... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Nikki Collins / Margo Martin
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Jonathan Waring
David Bruce ...
Wayne Morgan
George Coulouris ...
Mr. Saunders, Circus Club Manager
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Danny (Waring chauffeur)
Dan Duryea ...
Arnold Waring
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Mr. Haskell
Jacqueline deWit ...
Miss Fletcher, Morgan's Secretary (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Patricia Morison ...
Joyce Willams, Morgan's Girl
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Aunt Charlotte Waring
Maria Palmer ...
Margo Martin, Circus Club Singer
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Mr. Wiggam, Waring Lawyer
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Desk Sgt. Brennan
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While waiting at a train station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder from a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since there's no body. She then enlists a popular mystery writer to help with her sleuthing. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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17 August 1945 (USA)  »

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A Dama Desconhecida  »

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Screwball Noir
5 May 2003 | by (Noth Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

This marks the first film I've seen by Ms. Durbin from beginning to end and I must say I found it to be a lot of fun. This film is without a doubt a star vehicle for Ms. Durbin; I think I counted 7 costume changes, at least 5 different blond hairstyles over the course of the picture and it was well directed by her husband Charles David. There was also the (I think) required scene where she got to speak to someone on a white telephone. The plot of the picture is that Ms. Durbin sees a murder from her train window and enlists the aid of a mystery writer to solve the crime. I am a fan of film noir and this film is sort of a combination film noir (good mystery plot, chases in dark alleys), musical (Durbin singing "Silent Night" and "Night and Day" among others)and comedy (many slapstick scenes involving Ms. Durbin as an amateur detective). You might even call this picture screwball noir. Ms. Durbin was probably the most popular star under contract to Universal until Abbott and Costello arrived and this film marked one of the few change of pace roles she was given and she literally shines in the part. The only negative comment I have is that there are a few dated racial stereotypes that I wish had been eliminated. Other than that, I found it to be stylish entertainment.


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