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Grand Central Murder (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eddy Chandler (Plainclothes Policeman), Harry Strang (Policeman) and Robert Emmett O'Connor (Policeman) are in studio records for their roles, but were not seen in the movie. 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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B movie mystery with a good cast
23 December 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Van Heflin brings flair to "Grand Central Murder," a 1942 B movie from MGM about a golddigging musical comedy star (Patricia Dane) who winds up dead in the private car of a train. The suspects include a escaped prisoner named Turk, (Stephen McNally, here billed as Horace McNally), an on and off boyfriend played by Tom Conway, etc. Heflin plays Rocky, a detective who was hired to get evidence so that Turk can get a new trial. At the time of the murder, Rocky and his wife Butch (a young Virginia Grey) were around the murder scene. Rocky and the police lieutenant assigned to the case (Sam Levene) attempt to solve the murder while at loggerheads with one another. Each character tells his or her story in flashback.

This film moves fairly quickly but is ultimately let down by a preposterous denouement. The acting, however, when it isn't great is at least interesting. Heflin is superb - sharp, smart, and funny as Rocky. Sam Levene gets a bad rap for his performance - yes, the director needed to tone him down. Levene was an accomplished Broadway actor and was giving basically a stage performance. Patricia Dane, once married to orchestra leader Tommy Dorsey, is pretty and talks like Jean Harlow, particularly when Harlow would try to sound upper class. Dane didn't get much chance at developing her potential once she told off an MGM executive. In this role, she comes off as cheap and annoying, which is right for the part.

Fairly enjoyable especially for Heflin.


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