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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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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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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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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

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 »

Quotes

Nikki Collins: I just saw a murder.
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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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Good Comic Mystery With A Talented Cast
21 July 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1945 (USA) See more »

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