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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
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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 »
Nikki's hair goes through some drastic changes in an incredibly short time span without any help. For instance, from when she sings "Silent Night" to her father, to changing to go to the Circus Club, to when she sings there. See more »
Talents as diverse as Deanna Durbin's charm and singing ability, Edward Everett Horton's flair for screwball comedy, and Dan Duryea's knack for portraying impish, enigmatic characters, are brought together here in a pretty good comic mystery. Neither the mystery story nor the comedy would have been enough to sustain a movie by itself, but they fit together well, with the help of an assortment of interesting characters and some well-chosen settings.
The mystery story is rather like a simplified (and less plausible) version of an Agatha Christie-style plot, and it seems likely that the similarity was intended. As you watch, you do want to see how it comes out, but in itself it's relatively insubstantial. The settings and characters provide more of the material for the cast to use. A couple of the settings were done quite nicely, especially the night club/dressing room set, which allowed for some interesting possibilities, and which also fits in pretty well with the story.
While it is true that nothing about "Lady On A Train" is exceptional, at the same time it has a lot of small strengths that add up to an enjoyable movie.
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