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Destination Murder (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 June 1950 (USA)
Laura Mansfield's father is killed, apparently by a telegraphic messenger. She spots Jackie Wales in a police lineup, but can't identify him positively. Later, she arranges to meet him, and... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writer:

Don Martin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joyce Mackenzie ... Laura Mansfield (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Stanley Clements ... Jackie Wales
Hurd Hatfield ... Stretch Norton
Albert Dekker ... Armitage
Myrna Dell ... Alice Wentworth
James Flavin ... Police Lt. Brewster
John Dehner ... Frank Niles
Richard Emory ... Police Sgt. Mulcahy
Norma Vance Norma Vance ... Fran - Inebriated Lady
Suzette Harbin Suzette Harbin ... Harriett - Nightclub Maid
Buddy Swan Buddy Swan ... Arthur - Blue Streak Messenger
Bert Wenland Bert Wenland ... Dave - Blue Streak Messenger
Franklyn Farnum ... Arthur Mansfield - Laura's Father
Steve Gibson Steve Gibson ... Leader of Redcap Singing Group
Steve Gibson's Redcaps Steve Gibson's Redcaps ... Singing Group
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Storyline

Laura Mansfield's father is killed, apparently by a telegraphic messenger. She spots Jackie Wales in a police lineup, but can't identify him positively. Later, she arranges to meet him, and is convinced he was the killer, but he was acting for someone else. She gets to know Jackie to find out who the boss is, taking a job in the Vogue Club, owned by a man named Armitage. Meanwhile, Alice, Armitage's greedy mistress, goes after Jackie and lures him into blackmailing the nightclub owner. Armitage discovers the betrayal, and kills the two, but Laura schemes to get closer so she can prove him guilty. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Objetivo asesinato See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In this 1950 movie, a behind-the-times movie theater is showing Flight Lieutenant (1942) and Corregidor (1943). Posters seen outside the theater include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Germany Year Zero (1948) ("Germany: Year Zero"). See more »

Goofs

When Laura is being 'interviewed' for the job, her position changes between shots as she goes to sit down. Initially, she is side-on to the chair, but in the next shot she is shown facing the chair. See more »

Quotes

Alice Wentworth: What's the matter, honey? Stretch giving you the business?
Laura Mansfield: Stretch? He doesnt' mean anything to me.
Alice Wentworth: Well, he certainly bothers me.
Laura Mansfield: Stretch does? He doesn't bother you.
Alice Wentworth: That's what bothers me.
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Connections

References Flight Lieutenant (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Irving Gertz
Heard whenever the player piano is playing
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Very Watchable
10 April 2006 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Low-budget but you really don't need a big budget for this type of contemporary 1950 murder-mystery. It does have sort of early Perry Mason black-and white television production values, but check out the cool 1950 cars.

Hurd Hatfield's "presence" dominates this film and keeps it believable. The best way to describe this guy's acting is polished and smooth. In contrast, the lead actress is nowhere near Hatfield's acting league. However, she is attractive and OK for this B-movie role.

The casting of the supporting roles is perfect and the director utilizes them to good effect. Watch for solid James Flavin (King Kong '33), and for very early silent star Franklyn Farnum in a brief part at the beginning.

"Destination Murder" overcomes its cheapness. Hatfield was a bargain for the cheap salary they probably paid him. This film will hold your attention all the way through until the ending, mainly due to the good plot twists throughout.


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