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Mystery Junction (1951)

Larry Gordon, well-known crime writer, is on a train journey when a scream is heard. Upon investigation, the guard had been mugged and a man murdered. Another man is arrested but the full story is yet to be discovered.

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Larry Gordon, well-known crime writer, is on a train journey when a scream is heard. Upon investigation, the guard had been mugged and a man murdered. Another man is arrested but the full story is yet to be discovered.

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This film was first shown on television in New York City Saturday 13 September 1952 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Sunday 4 April 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). Since it was never released theatrically in USA, the New York City telecast also constitutes its USA premiere. See more »

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When Larry is drinking a mug of tea while talking to Pat in the Railway station office, at first his hand is around the mug then he holds the mug by the handle. See more »

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The End appears on the window blind that the old lady in the railway carriage pulls down. See more »

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The futility of heroism
13 December 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The scenario in which a group of people find themselves in a closed environment where a murder is then committed by an unseen hand was not new when this short black and white film was made. However, Mystery Junction plays out the tale neatly and efficiently, keeping us guessing all the way, although following exactly who has done what to whom becomes increasingly difficult.

The acting is excellent, the cinematography exemplary - there are some quite classical compositions, one in particular towards the end. This is a very British film, the drama comes from tension, not from heroics. Indeed, that heroism is futile is made plain throughout, and even where violence brings results, they will ever play you false.

The quality of this film is masked by its low budget, and, on the print I just saw on television, murky resolution. Two of the cast, Sydney Tafler and Ewen Solon, went on to prominent TV careers, and most of the others found plenty of work in television. However, for Pearl Cameron, whose performance was a minor highlight of the film, this was her second, and last credit.

While not an outstanding film, Mystery Junction is worth watching if you value tight, understated drama.


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