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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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Trivia

In this 1950 movie, a behind-the-times movie theater is showing Flight Lieutenant (1942) and Corregidor (1943). Posters seen outside the theater include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Germany Year Zero (1948) ("Germany: Year Zero"). 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 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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Let's Go To A Party
Written by James Springs and Steve Gibson
Performed by Steve Gibson and Steve Gibson's Redcaps
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Rather interesting low-budget noir
7 February 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

"Destination Murder" makes for an enjoyable 70-plus minutes, assuming you're a noir fan and are not bothered by the sort of unlikely plot developments so characteristic of this genre. Notable are the solid performances of Hurd Hatfield (whose name will always be linked with "Dorian Gray") as a sleazy but debonair nightclub manager, the beefy Albert Dekker (whom I will always think of as "Dr. Cyclops"), and Joyce Mackenzie -- a really classy beauty in the sort of wholesome Jane Wyatt mode -- as the plucky heroine who, Nancy Drew-like, disguises herself as a nightclub cigarette girl to help solve the mystery of her father's murder. Also notable is the odd relationship -- odder than we initially assume -- between the Hatfield and Dekker characters. There are several clever plot twists and some interesting little bits of directorial business (e.g., a scene in the ladies' powder room of the nightclub, which offers an unexpected little study in social pecking order when two women ask for a glass of water; and a player piano that's activated when violence is going to take place). What stays with me longest is the memory of Mackenzie's gorgeous eyes and cheekbones.


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