Grand Central Murder

Grand Central Murder

Director: S. Sylvan Simon

Cast: S. Sylvan Simon, Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Cecilia Parker

     
 
Grand Central Murder was intended as a followup to the MGM "sleeper" Kid Glove Killer, with the earlier film's star, Van Heflin, appearing in a similar role. When bitchy actress Mida King (Patricia Dane) is bumped off in a private train car at Grand Central Station, police inspector Gunther (Sam Levene) gathers together all likely suspects. One of these

Overview

Grand Central Murder was intended as a followup to the MGM "sleeper" Kid Glove Killer, with the earlier film's star, Van Heflin, appearing in a similar role. When bitchy actress Mida King (Patricia Dane) is bumped off in a private train car at Grand Central Station, police inspector Gunther (Sam Levene) gathers together all likely suspects. One of these is wisecracking private eye Rocky Custer (Heflin), who endeavors to uncover the genuine murderer himself before Gunther slaps the cuffs on him. Custer's seemingly casual, off-the-cuff methods of detection prove infuriating to Gunther, but guess who solves the mystery-and a particularly baffling one at that--by fadeout time? The film received a mixed reviews from the New York critics, who enjoyed the mystery angle but found fault with Hollywood's convoluted concept of Grand Central Station's floor plan and its unbelievably close proximity to a fictional Broadway theatre (even so, these critics also applauded the ongoing illusion of trains arriving and leaving throughout the picture).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it's only a middling little detective film, Grand Central Murder is still a fun way to pass an hour-and-a-quarter or so. Murder does have a couple of interesting twists in it, such as essentially starting out with all the suspects being grilled in one room, a plot point that usually came later in the game in such films. It also has its setting which, while clearly not filmed on location, does allow cinematographer George Folsey to get some nifty shots between train cars and in areas with intriguing shadows and lights. Pete Reruic's screenplay is passable, although a bit too packed; there's so much time spent on unraveling the plot that the viewer doesn't get to develop much interest in the characters (aside from those played by Van Heflin and Sam Levene. S. Sylvan Simon does a fine job directing, but the biggest ace in the hole for Murder is Heflin. He's a great actor, and if this isn't an award-winning performance, it's still spot-on, capturing both the drama and the comedy perfectly. Levene overdoes things a bit but is effective overall, and supporting players like Connie Gilchrist and Tom Conway do their things very well.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2012
UPC:
0883316470626
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:13:00
Sales rank:
36,093

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Heflin "Rocky" Custer
Patricia Dane Mida King
Cecilia Parker Constance Furness
Virginia Grey Sue Custer
Samuel S. Hinds Roger Furness
Sam Levene Inspector Gunther
Connie Gilchrist Pearl Delroy
Mark Daniels David V. Henderson
Stephen McNally "Turk"
Tom Conway Frankie Ciro
Betty Wells "Baby" Delroy
George Lynn Paul Rinehart
Millard Mitchell Arthur Doolin
Roman Bohnen Ramon

Technical Credits
S. Sylvan Simon Director
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Conrad A. Nervig Editor
Peter Ruric Screenwriter
David Snell Score Composer
B.F. Zeidman Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Grand Central Murder
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [3:33]

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