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Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 8 December 1950 (USA)
"Murder-on-the-train" mystery has lawyer Malone chasing his paroled embezzler client (Kepplar) who still hasn't paid Malone's fee. When Kepplar jumps parole on a train to Chicago, Malone ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Craig Rice (story "Once Upon A Train, or The Loco Motive") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Hattie O'Malley
James Whitmore ... John J. Malone
Ann Dvorak ... Connie Kepplar
Phyllis Kirk ... Kay
Fred Clark ... Tim Marino
Dorothy Malone ... Lola Gillway
Clinton Sundberg ... Donald
Douglas Fowley ... Steve Kepplar
Willard Waterman ... Mr. Ogle
Don Porter ... Myron Brynk
Jack Bailey Jack Bailey ... Announcer
Nancy Saunders ... Joanie
Basil Tellou Basil Tellou ... The Greek
James Burke ... The Train Conductor
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"Murder-on-the-train" mystery has lawyer Malone chasing his paroled embezzler client (Kepplar) who still hasn't paid Malone's fee. When Kepplar jumps parole on a train to Chicago, Malone follows, in company with Kepplar's ex-wife, a police inspector and Mrs. O'Malley, a hearty radio contest winner from Montana. Kepplar is murdered, and a game of musical corpses commences, with hijinks in coach corridors as Malone and Hattie search for the killer. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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MGM's NEW SCREAM TEAM... (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

8 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trem das Surpresas See more »

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Budget:

$592,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was not successful at the box office, resulting in a loss of $31,000 ($323,000 in 2017) for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Soundtracks

Possum Up a Gun Stump
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Adolph Deutsch
Sung by Marjorie Main
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Would Have Been Better with Miss Withers As Originally Written.
13 August 2005 | by krasnegarSee all my reviews

The original story that inspired this film -- "Loco Motive" -- was a collaboration between Craig Rice and Stuart Palmer, featuring her alcoholic Chicago lawyer detective, John J. Malone, and his New York old-maid schoolteacher sleuth, Hildegarde Withers; it was the first of several stories (collected as "The People vs, Withers and Malone") teaming the two, generally in ways calculated to enrage and/or frustrate Malone's Chicago nemesis, Captain von Flanagan or Hildie's long-suffering New York Homicide detective, Inspector Oscar Piper.

Presumably because of rights issues -- money, perhaps, though this could have been during the time that Palmer (due to a divorce settlement) was intentionally making as little money as possible -- The Miss Withers part was rewritten to eliminate her.

It wasn't till some time later that an attempt was made to bring Hildie to the screen on TV, embodied in the formidable person of Eve Arden.

Other than disappointing fans of Miss Withers or of the original story in and of itself, this is a decent enough film of it.


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