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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
...
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

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 »

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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References Germany Year Zero (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Irving Gertz
Heard whenever the player piano is playing
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Dorian Gray as a guy named Stretch
5 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Is it possible that Hurd Hatfield's career took this much of a nosedive in 5 years? Evidently. "Destination Murder" is a B movie for sure that stars Hatfield, Joyce MacKenzie, Albert Dekker, and John Dehner. A young woman (MacKenzie) investigates the murder of her father by a uniformed messenger hired by someone else. She has no trouble picking out the messenger in a lineup, and he leads her to a club run by Armitage (Dekker) whose manager is Hatfield. That's the way it seems anyway. People start turning up dead. The villain hatches an ingenious plot to beat the rap.

MacKenzie is very attractive with a beautiful figure, but she is not much of an actress. Albert Dekker plays a monster well. Hatfield, with those imposing looks, sports a New York accent beautifully. A New York accent is one of the hardest, most of the time sounding put on and phony. Hatfield's sounds natural. Perhaps it was - I only heard him speak in Dorian Gray (British) and I can't remember what he sounded like on Murder, She Wrote. At any rate, he's smooth in this role. But every time I looked at him, I thought of Dorian Gray. Perhaps his link to that character is why his film career crashed.

"Destination Murder" is a nothing special B with some noir features, interesting for the cast.


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