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Destination Murder (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 June 1950 (USA)
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 »

Director:

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie theatre featured in the film is the Marcal Theatre at 6021 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, which featured late runs, revivals and various odds and ends in keeping with its location on the "wrong" end of Hollywood Boulevard. The revival combination of Flight Lieutenant (1942) and Corregidor (1943) was somebody's idea of a "commemoration" of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the first week of December 1949, at which time "Destination: Murder" was filmed. See more »

Goofs

When Alice at Stretch's apartment she hears a player piano, goes in to the next room looking for it and is murdered by Armitage. However when Stretch is turning over the club to Armitage, Armitage suggests bringing the player piano from the club to Stretch's apartment. 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

Moonlight Sonata
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Irving Gertz
Heard whenever the player piano is playing
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The daughter of a murdered man seeks to find the people responsible.
14 November 1999 | by PaulCurtSee all my reviews

This is a good crime/suspense drama, of a piece with the other film noir dramas presented by Turner Classic Movies (and therefore well worth the time to watch). There is at least one neat twist in the plot which makes the film better than most of its kind. If you have seen a LOT of postwar crime films (as I have) you may find them predictable...and this adds to your appreciation of clever plot devices.

Fans of radio's "Have Gun Will Travel" will enjoy seeing John Dehner in a small but crucial part.


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