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Destination Murder (1950)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  9 June 1950 (USA)
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Laura Mansfield's father is killed, apparently by a telegraphic messenger. She spots Jackie Wales in a police lineup, but can't identify him positively. Later, she arranges to meet him, and... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Laura Mansfield (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Stanley Clements ...
Jackie Wales
Hurd Hatfield ...
Stretch Norton
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Armitage
Myrna Dell ...
Alice Wentworth
James Flavin ...
Police Lt. Brewster
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Richard Emory ...
Police Sgt. Mulcahy
Norma Vance ...
Fran - Inebriated Lady
Suzette Harbin ...
Harriett - Nightclub Maid
Buddy Swan ...
Arthur - Blue Streak Messenger
Bert Wenland ...
Dave - Blue Streak Messenger
Franklyn Farnum ...
Arthur Mansfield - Laura's Father
Steve Gibson ...
Leader of Redcap Singing Group
Steve Gibson's Redcaps ...
Singing Group
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Laura Mansfield's father is killed, apparently by a telegraphic messenger. She spots Jackie Wales in a police lineup, but can't identify him positively. Later, she arranges to meet him, and is convinced he was the killer, but he was acting for someone else. She gets to know Jackie to find out who the boss is, taking a job in the Vogue Club, owned by a man named Armitage. Meanwhile, Alice, Armitage's greedy mistress, goes after Jackie and lures him into blackmailing the nightclub owner. Armitage discovers the betrayal, and kills the two, but Laura schemes to get closer so she can prove him guilty. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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The movie theatre featured in the film is the Marcal Theatre at 6021 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, which featured late runs, revivals and various odds and ends in keeping with its location on the "wrong" end of Hollywood Boulevard. The revival combination of Flight Lieutenant (1942) and Corregidor (1943) was somebody's idea of a "commemoration" of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the first week of December 1949, at which time "Destination: Murder" was filmed. See more »

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When Alice at Stretch's apartment she hears a player piano, goes in to the next room looking for it and is murdered by Armitage. However when Stretch is turning over the club to Armitage, Armitage suggests bringing the player piano from the club to Stretch's apartment. See more »

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References Flight Lieutenant (1942) See more »

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Palace Of Stone
Written by James Springs
Performed by Steve Gibson and Steve Gibson's Redcaps
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Very Strange B-Noir…Odd and Captivating Atmosphere
29 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oddball Film-Noir. A Low-Budget Gem from Low-Budget Director Cahn. It is Quite the Quirk This. A Movie that has Gritty Characters with Hard-Boiled, Cold Blooded Killers. One (Stanley Clements) Looks and Acts Like a Teenaged Ticket Taker at the Local Bijou.

Albert Dekker and Hurd Hatfield are a Nasty Duo. Hadfield has a Bi-Sexual Bent and Dekker Again Plays One of His Sublime Criminals with the Personality of a Profiled Psycho Killer. The Females are Joyce MacKenzie and Myrna Dell, Both Engaging Enough in Their Perspective Personas, Although MaKenzie Seems a Bit Old for a College Student.

The Tone of the Thing is The Thing Here. Director Cahn, As Always, Manage to Take a Miniscule Budget and Make it All Look Attractively Demented with Echoes of Pulp. It Should Also be Mentioned that the Negro Musical Group at the Nightclub Stands Out and at the Beginning of the Decade Foreshadow a Musical Revolution just a Few Years Away when Race Records Crossed Over.

Overall, a B-Noir that is Made Interesting by its Very Cool Ambiance and Some Off Beat Actors. Worth a Watch for Fans of Film-Noir, B-Movies, and Those that Appreciate a Strange Atmosphere.


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