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Grand Central Murder (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | May 1942 (USA)
Classic whodunit mystery film about a gold-digging variety show actress who has many enemies and is found dead in her private railroad car at Grand Central Station in New York.

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Peter Ruric (screenplay), Sue MacVeigh (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... 'Rocky' Custer
Patricia Dane ... Mida King
Cecilia Parker ... Constance Furness
Virginia Grey ... Sue Custer
Samuel S. Hinds ... Roger Furness
Sam Levene ... Inspector Gunther
Connie Gilchrist ... Pearl Delroy
Mark Daniels ... David V. Henderson
Stephen McNally ... 'Turk' (as Horace McNally)
Tom Conway ... Frankie Ciro
Betty Wells ... 'Baby' Delroy
George Lynn ... Paul Rinehart
Roman Bohnen ... Ramon
Millard Mitchell ... Arthur Doolin
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Storyline

A convict being escorted in for retrial escapes at Grand Central and threatens his old girlfriend on the phone. She flees for her new beau's private railcar at the same station. When she is then found murdered the cops round up a motley group of suspects including the escapee, several guys feeling sore at the way the gold-digging broad had treated them, some jealous dames, and a private eye already on the case. Inspector Gunther soon has a problem - enough evidence to fry all of them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Screamingly funny! Screamingly thrilling!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer que mintió See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Monday 5 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 2), followed by Seattle Thursday 22 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by New York City Friday 14 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Chicago Wednesday 2 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in Altoona PA it first aired 8 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 24 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 24 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and in San Francisco 2 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Mida King, Stage Name of Beulah Toohey: Where were you raised? Didn't anyone ever tell you its bad luck to whistle in a dressing room?
Whistling Messenger: I'm sorry miss, I... I was raised in a cattle boat, where folks whistle when they feel like it, including the cows!
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Referenced in Foyle's War: Casualties of War (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Whistled by Norman Abbott
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Snappy dialog make this worth your time
2 June 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although this movie stars Van Heflin, you'd almost swear that it's a series detective film. If the names were only changed, I could imagine that this could have been a decent plot for Boston Blackie, the Lone Wolf or the Saint. That's because although the story is told through a series of flashbacks, in most other ways it is identical to a series film. It features the usual daffy lead police detective, his dumber than a tomato assistant, great snappy dialog, accusations that the private eye himself committed the murder, a sidekick for this guy and more twists and turns than any crime film deserves to have! For lovers of the genre, this film is a must-see---especially since Heflin's performance is so good and apparently effortless. While the movie occasionally bogs down a tad here and there (it is a bit too "talky"), it is generally quite interesting and the film's conclusion is truly horrific yet exciting to watch. Good stuff well worth your time.


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