Lady On A Train

  • 1945
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Mystery

A delightful thriller unusual in that it's loaded with laughs, having been written by Beloin and O'Brien, who churned out the scripts for Jack Benny's radio shows. Durbin is charming and turns in a superb performance as a naive young lady en route to New York for a meeting with a family lawyer Horton. Just before the train pulls into Grand Central Station...read more

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A delightful thriller unusual in that it's loaded with laughs, having been written by Beloin and O'Brien, who churned out the scripts for Jack Benny's radio shows. Durbin is charming and turns in a superb performance as a naive young lady en route to New York for a meeting with a family

lawyer Horton. Just before the train pulls into Grand Central Station she looks through the window next to her seat and sees a murder take place in a nearby office building, glimpsing the killer only from the back. She tells police but they think her imagination is working overtime. Desperately,

Durbin turns to Bruce, a mystery writer, and both amateur detectives try to solve the crime. Recognizing the murdered man in a newsreel clip as a shipping tycoon, Durbin visits his family and is mistaken for the victim's mistress, a nightclub singer. Durbin goes to the nightclub and finds the

mistress murdered and barely manages to escape with her life. Later, in the same building where the murder occurred, Durbin flees from one of the family relatives, Duryea, believing him the killer. She ends up in the arms of Bellamy, another family relative who takes her into the very room where

the killing took place. Duryea bursts into the room with a gun, followed by Bruce who takes the gun and gives it to Bellamy, the real killer, who has murdered to inherit a fortune. Before the sinister Bellamy can do more damage, the police arrive and arrest him. This is a fast-paced movie with a

bright and witty script and plenty of scary adventures which Durbin cleverly manages to survive. Cast member LaRue later turned to B westerns as Lash LaRue; he was first cast in a Durbin vehicle, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944), and later admitted that the young singing star, who was then queen of the

Universal lot, aided his career greatly.

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  • Review: A delightful thriller unusual in that it's loaded with laughs, having been written by Beloin and O'Brien, who churned out the scripts for Jack Benny's radio shows. Durbin is charming and turns in a superb performance as a naive young lady en route to New Y… (more)

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