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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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Storyline

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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Making merry mystery history in her first hilarious "who-done-it"! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady on a Train See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

When Mr. Haskell leaves Grand Central Station with Nikki Collins; they call for a taxi. But when a taxi pulls up, Nikki's luggage is piled up in the front seat. But she did not walk out with any bags nor did a porter load any luggage into the taxi. The taxi wasn't there waiting for them; it was just a random taxi that happens to pull up. The scene, therefore, doesn't make any sense and it interrupts the flow of the story. See more »

Quotes

Nikki Collins: I just saw a murder.
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Connections

Edited into Christmas Hymns (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Night and Day
by Cole Porter
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Good fun for a snowy evening!
25 December 2004 | by JohnnyOldSoulSee all my reviews

This was the first Deanna Durbin film I've seen, and while it's much different than her other films, it seems a great place to start! The first thing that struck me was how likable Ms. Durbin is in the lead role. She keeps the tone light and airy, and the film flies along at a joyous speed! The photography is amazing (the snowy Manhattan sets and Ms. Durbin's close-ups are wonderful!) Deanna's vocals on "Night and Day" hint at a sensuality that wasn't present in her other pictures, and her rendition of "Silent Night" is divine.

I won't summarize the plot, as it has been done in other comments, just suffice to say that this hilarious whodunit is perfect viewing while curled up with a hot drink on a snowy winter evening!


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