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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
...
Armitage
Myrna Dell ...
Alice Wentworth
James Flavin ...
Police Lt. Brewster
...
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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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Alice is at Jackie's apartment, she sees the car arrive with Laura and Jackie. She sees the car pull up into a car park defined by painted lines, beside a concrete footpath/ sidewalk with parking meters. However, the scenes shot below when Jackie leaves the car show no parking meters, no painted parking space and grassy patches on the footpath/ sidewalk. See more »

Quotes

Alice Wentworth: What's the matter, honey? Stretch giving you the business?
Laura Mansfield: Stretch? He doesnt' mean anything to me.
Alice Wentworth: Well, he certainly bothers me.
Laura Mansfield: Stretch does? He doesn't bother you.
Alice Wentworth: That's what bothers me.
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Features Corregidor (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Palace Of Stone
Written by James Springs
Performed by Steve Gibson and Steve Gibson's Redcaps
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The daughter of a murdered man seeks to find the people responsible.
14 November 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is a good crime/suspense drama, of a piece with the other film noir dramas presented by Turner Classic Movies (and therefore well worth the time to watch). There is at least one neat twist in the plot which makes the film better than most of its kind. If you have seen a LOT of postwar crime films (as I have) you may find them predictable...and this adds to your appreciation of clever plot devices.

Fans of radio's "Have Gun Will Travel" will enjoy seeing John Dehner in a small but crucial part.


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