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Destination Murder (1950)

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 »

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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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He Could Beat Any Rap But Love!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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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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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 Alice and Laura are talking in the Ladies' Room, the position of Laura's cigarette tray changes depending upon whether the shot is of the reflection in the mirror or is from the other side of the room. 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 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Palace Of Stone
Written by James Springs
Performed by Steve Gibson and Steve Gibson's Redcaps
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Let's Go To A Party
8 April 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

This nifty little programmer from the post-World War II era gives viewers a chance to see several second-lead actors strut their stuff. The weasel-eyed Stanley Clements who made a living playing gunsels and Bowery types gets a chance to play, yes, a playboy hit man. It's a good thing he had money and a sporty-looking car to supplement his looks. Albert Dekker as Armitage does fine in a difficult role, having to play two facets of the same character. Alice Wentworth (Myrna Dell) turns out to be a femme fatale failure in the movie, but not in the acting department--seems the blonde bombshell is just not smart enough to pull off her double dealings. The lead part of Laura Mansfield is portrayed by Joyce Mackenzie, sort of a poor woman's Barbara Hale. Then there's Hurd Hatfield as the sneaky Stretch Norton, a pivotal part that fits his talents perfectly.

The story involves a murder man's daughter tracking down the person responsible for her father's death, since she is led to believe that the police aren't really doing their job. She begins dating the trigger man, hoping he will lead her to the mastermind. The trail leads to a nightclub operated by mobsters. The nefarious Armitage has a nasty habit of torturing and killing his victims to the tune of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." He is also adept at using his belt to silence those who disagree with his methods or who attempt to extort money from him. The plot has a major twist toward the middle of the film. It's surprising that other writers and directors haven't expropriated it (politically correct for stealing).

As with most noir-like films of the period, music serves a vital link between story and character development. "Moonlight Sonata" has already been noted. Listen to the words of the songs sung by the popular jump and jive group Steve Gibson and the Redcaps (early doo wop). At times the musical selection can even be ironic. For example, just before Armitage gives Jackie Wales (Clements) the treatment, the Redcaps blast away with, "Let's Go To A Party."


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