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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:

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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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Trivia

Intended as the first of a planned film series with stars Main and Whitmore. See more »

Soundtracks

Missus O'Malley and Mister Malone
(uncredited)
Music by Adolph Deutsch
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by chorus over main title
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A forgotten sleeper! Hilarious comedy/mystery aboard a train.
11 June 2002 | by sdiner82See all my reviews

Thanks to the recommendation of critic/friend I caught this obscure gem on Showtime in the mid-1980s and have cherished my tape ever since. Boisterous Marjorie Main and blustery James Whitmore are as inspired a detective-team mismatch ever to grace the screen. Set in a cross-country sleeping-car train ride, "Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone" is blessed with expert direction, a crackling script (based on a story by the wondrous Craig Rice, whose novel "Home Sweet Homicide" was the basis of another classic comedy/thriller), MGM's high-gloss production values, and, besides the endearing leads, a first-rate supporting cast (the luminous Ann Dvorak, lovely Phyllis Kirk, etc.) A swift, alternately hilarious and genuinely suspenseful 69 minutes, this forgotten treasure was intended to be the first of a series. A pity that no sequels were ever made. But TCM occasionally shows this gem, and don't miss it. And, amidst the laughter and chills, just try and guess whodunnit!


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