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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 »

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Harry Beaumont

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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play opened in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 6 August 1922, but had no New York run. See more »

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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

Georgia Latham: I'll call you Godfrey. It'll sound like I'm swearing.
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24 May 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Murder in the Private Car (1934)

** (out of 4)

MGM murder/mystery has Una Merkel playing a woman who is identified as a baby who was kidnapped fourteen years earlier. Now, as an adult, her father has paid for her to come home to him so she gets on a train where a stranger tells her she only has eight hours to live. Charles Ruggles plays a small-time detective who tries to keep the girl alive long enough to meet her father. Only God is certain on how many of these mysteries I've seen over the years and they are all mostly average with a few that manage to be quite good movies. This one here thankfully just runs 63-minutes but it's pretty lifeless through each of those minutes. The biggest problem is that the film goes for far too many laughs, which wouldn't be a problem if they were actually funny. Since they are all unfunny it really drags the film down and makes all the characters quite annoying. Ruggles just doesn't work as the leading man as his humor is very annoying and he really can't keep the film moving. Merkel is good in her role, although it's certainly not written too well. And yes, there's a gorilla who shows up to scare everyone. I'm still trying to figure out why all of these mysteries from the silent era to the 1940s featured a gorilla.


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