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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:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer que mintió See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$297,000, 31 December 1942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$515,000, 31 December 1942
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two characters in the film: the coroner and a show girl use British terms instead of American. The show girl says barrister instead of lawyer, etc. 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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Edited from Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Broadway's Still Broadway
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Ted Fetter
Sung by Connie Gilchrist in a burlesque show and danced by a chorus
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Van Heflin shines in B-who-dun-it...crisp and fast-moving...
14 January 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

When a not so sympathetic victim (Patricia Dane) is murdered in a private side car at Grand Central Station, detective Van Heflin and a crusty inspector (Sam Levene) join forces to solve the case. A neat little mystery yarn, this was an above average B-picture from MGM that gave us an early glimpse of Van Heflin, a young actor who was certainly blessed with enormous talent. Virginia Grey, Stephen McNally, Samuel S. Hinds, Connie Gilchrist, Tom Conway and Millard Mitchell are fine in supporting roles and the ending comes as a satisfying, if not probable, conclusion.

This is the sort of film that played the lower half of a double bill when released in 1942, but even then it was praised as an above average thriller. It moves at a swift pace and is guaranteed to hold your interest.


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