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Lady on a Train (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 17 August 1945 (USA)
In New York, a woman who partially witnesses a killing from a train window seeks the aid of a crime novelist to solve the murder.

Director:

Charles David

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (screenplay), Robert O'Brien (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Deanna Durbin ... Nikki Collins
Ralph Bellamy ... Jonathan Waring
Edward Everett Horton ... Mr. Haskell
Allen Jenkins ... Danny
David Bruce ... Wayne Morgan
George Coulouris ... Mr. Saunders
Patricia Morison ... Joyce Willams
Dan Duryea ... Arnold Waring
Maria Palmer ... Margo Martin
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Charlotte Waring
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Wiggam
William Frawley ... Police Sergeant Christie
Jacqueline deWit ... Miss Fletcher (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Thurston Hall ... Josiah Waring
Ben Carter ... Maxwell
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While in a train halted at a station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder committed in a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since there's no body. She then enlists a popular mystery writer to help with her sleuthing. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Deanna... on a Man (Oh! Man) Hunt! See more »


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Last film for Ralph Bellamy for ten years until The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955). See more »

Goofs

There are dramatic changes in weather in this movie, which takes place during the holiday season. In the opening scene, there is snow, but then when Nikki is at the railroad yard in a scene shortly afterward, the snow is all gone and she's not even wearing a coat. In a scene which presumably is later that evening at a mansion on Long Island, there are several inches of snow on the ground again. See more »

Quotes

Nikki Collins: I just saw a murder.
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Connections

Edited into Christmas Hymns (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Night and Day
by Cole Porter
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The plot is Agatha Christie material...Durbin has fun in a comic thriller...
14 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Deanna Durbin finally got a chance to get out of her giddy teen-age roles and into a giddy adult role for a nice change of pace! She's made up to look sophisticated as she emotes in a screwball comedy-mystery about a girl who witnesses a murder from her train window and then sets out to find the corpse and the killer with the help of a mystery writer (David Bruce). The cast is studded with oddballs: Edward Everett Horton, Dan Duryea, Elizabeth Patterson, George Coulouris, Jacqueline DeWitt, Ralph Bellamy, William Frawley. All of it is highly unlikely but reality is not what this amusing mystery spoof is about. Deanna Durbin not only manages to bring comic flair and poise to her inquisitive young lady--she does a nifty job on some torchy night-club numbers: Night and Day and Give Me A Little Kiss, as well as Silent Night for a Christmas scene. Enjoyable as long as you're not expecting true-to-life situations! The wacky plot seems like something Agatha Christie might have spun in one of her wilder moments.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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