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Murder in the Private Car (1934)

Passed | | Mystery, Romance | 29 June 1934 (USA)
Ruth Raymond works on the switchboard and her boyfriend is John Blake. It has taken 14 years, but a detective named Murray has found her and confirmed that she is Ruth Carson. As a child, ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Ralph Spence (screen play), Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Ruggles ... Godfrey D. Scott (as Charlie Ruggles)
Una Merkel ... Georgia Latham
Mary Carlisle ... Ruth Raymond
Russell Hardie ... John Blake
Porter Hall ... Alden Murray
Willard Robertson ... Elwood Carson aka Hanks
Berton Churchill ... Luke Carson
Clifford Thompson ... Allen (as Cliff Thompson)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Titus (as Snowflake)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Semels Harry Semels ... Evil Eye (scenes deleted)
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Ruth Raymond works on the switchboard and her boyfriend is John Blake. It has taken 14 years, but a detective named Murray has found her and confirmed that she is Ruth Carson. As a child, she was kidnaped by her uncle and is the daughter of a wealthy railroad tycoon. Under the watchful eye of Godfrey D. Scott, an attempt on her life is foiled. But a fake telegram put her on a private railroad car heading east. It is in this car that her life is again in danger and people are murdered. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mystery | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rear Car See more »

Filming Locations:

Dunsmuir, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Harry Semels as "Evil Eye" and Akim Tamiroff as "Italian Man" are supposed to be in the movie, but neither one appears. See more »

Goofs

When the train pulls into the Holton station, there is a shot between it and a stationary train when an odd fading jump cut is made. The people walking between the trains change, as does the position of the train pulling in on the left. See more »

Quotes

Godfrey D. Scott: Miss Latham, I can be trusted, up to a certain point.
Georgia Latham: That's what Pappy told Mammy.
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Version of Red Lights (1923) See more »

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Good B thriller with a slam bang ending
19 May 2010 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

This is the sort of B thriller that made movie-going fun back in the thirties. Mary Carlisle is a hard-working telephone operator at a stock brokerage who suddenly discovers that she's the long-lost daughter of a railroad tycoon. With best pal Una Merkel in tow, she's tricked into boarding a private railway car en route to a reunion with her father. But neither the car nor her fellow passengers are what they appear to be.

Some of it is sorta' silly. There's a circus train wreck thrown in for padding. And Charlie Ruggles' as a "deflective" detective has a few too many goofy bromides. But the climactic chase sequence, as a runaway car roars down miles of twisting mountain track, is superbly directed, shot and edited. And that was back in the days before CGI when you had to film the real thing.

While "Murder in the Private Car" isn't in the same league as "The Narrow Margin" (the gold standard among railroad mysteries,) it's well worth a look. Especially for train buffs. And in just a bit over an hour, it moves along like...well...like a speeding train.


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