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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
...
Frank Niles
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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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 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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Features Corregidor (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Irving Gertz
Heard whenever the player piano is playing
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Very Watchable
10 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Low-budget but you really don't need a big budget for this type of contemporary 1950 murder-mystery. It does have sort of early Perry Mason black-and white television production values, but check out the cool 1950 cars.

Hurd Hatfield's "presence" dominates this film and keeps it believable. The best way to describe this guy's acting is polished and smooth. In contrast, the lead actress is nowhere near Hatfield's acting league. However, she is attractive and OK for this B-movie role.

The casting of the supporting roles is perfect and the director utilizes them to good effect. Watch for solid James Flavin (King Kong '33), and for very early silent star Franklyn Farnum in a brief part at the beginning.

"Destination Murder" overcomes its cheapness. Hatfield was a bargain for the cheap salary they probably paid him. This film will hold your attention all the way through until the ending, mainly due to the good plot twists throughout.


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