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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady on a Train See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Agatha Christie's novel, 4.50 from Paddington (published in 1957), involves a woman witnessing a murder while looking out the window of a train, just like Nikki Collins does in the first scene of Lady on a Train (1945). This scene also occurs in the Over My Dead Body: Pilot (1990) from Over My Dead Body (1990) and in the novel The Girl on the Train, as well as its film adaptation. 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

Mr. Haskell: Your father told the whole office of how you uncovered a spy in San Francisco.
Nikki Collins: Well, he had no right hanging around the Golden Gate Bridge.
Mr. Haskell: So you had him arrested?
Nikki Collins: Certainly I had him arrested, he had buck teeth just like a Jap.
Mr. Haskell: Buckteeth or no buckteeth that man was a member of the FBI.
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Connections

Edited into Christmas Hymns (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Original lyrics by Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
Melody by Franz Xaver Gruber (uncredited)
English translation by John Freeman Young (uncredited)
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Screwball Noir
5 May 2003 | by subcityiiSee all my reviews

This marks the first film I've seen by Ms. Durbin from beginning to end and I must say I found it to be a lot of fun. This film is without a doubt a star vehicle for Ms. Durbin; I think I counted 7 costume changes, at least 5 different blond hairstyles over the course of the picture and it was well directed by her husband Charles David. There was also the (I think) required scene where she got to speak to someone on a white telephone. The plot of the picture is that Ms. Durbin sees a murder from her train window and enlists the aid of a mystery writer to solve the crime. I am a fan of film noir and this film is sort of a combination film noir (good mystery plot, chases in dark alleys), musical (Durbin singing "Silent Night" and "Night and Day" among others)and comedy (many slapstick scenes involving Ms. Durbin as an amateur detective). You might even call this picture screwball noir. Ms. Durbin was probably the most popular star under contract to Universal until Abbott and Costello arrived and this film marked one of the few change of pace roles she was given and she literally shines in the part. The only negative comment I have is that there are a few dated racial stereotypes that I wish had been eliminated. Other than that, I found it to be stylish entertainment.


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