Lady on a Train (1945)

94-94.5, 96 or 105 mins | Mystery | 17 August 1945

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HISTORY

Early HR production charts list Frank Shaw as the film's associate producer, but all other contemporary sources credit Felix Jackson in that position. Leslie Charteris, the writer of the original story upon which Lady on a Train was based, is best known as the author of "The Saint" novels and short stories. Bernard B. Brown received an Academy Award nomination for the sound recording on Lady on a Train , but lost to Stephen Dunn for his work on Paramount's The Bells of St. Mary's (See ... More Less

Early HR production charts list Frank Shaw as the film's associate producer, but all other contemporary sources credit Felix Jackson in that position. Leslie Charteris, the writer of the original story upon which Lady on a Train was based, is best known as the author of "The Saint" novels and short stories. Bernard B. Brown received an Academy Award nomination for the sound recording on Lady on a Train , but lost to Stephen Dunn for his work on Paramount's The Bells of St. Mary's (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Aug 1945.
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Daily Variety
6 Aug 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Aug 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 45
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 45
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Aug 45
p. 2589.
New York Times
15 Sep 45
p. 21.
Variety
8 Aug 45
p. 22.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Jacqueline de Wit
Lockard Martin
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
Research dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Give Me a Little Kiss," music and lyrics by Roy Turk, Jack Smith and Maceo Pinkard
"Night and Day," music and lyrics by Cole Porter
"Silent Night, Holy Night," music by Franz Gruber, lyrics by Joseph Mohr, English lyrics, anonymous.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 August 1945
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 3 August 1945
Production Date:
mid January--late May 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
27 August 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13456
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94-94.5, 96 or 105
Length(in feet):
8,492
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10990
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Arriving in New York City for a Christmas visit with her aunt, Nicki Collins sees through her train window the murder of shipping magnate Joseah Waring. Because of her known addiction to mystery novels, the debutante is unable to convince the police that she witnessed a crime, and decides to begin her own investigation. After viewing a newsreel in which Waring is reported to have died accidentally while decorating a Christmas tree at his Long Island estate, Nicki sneaks onto the property, only to be discovered by Arnold Waring, Joseah's nephew. Arnold, however, mistakes Nicki for Margo Martin, a nightclub singer and Joseah's fiancée. Posing as Margo, Nicki is then allowed to witness the reading of Joseah's will, in which the tycoon disinherits his family and leaves the bulk of his estate to Margo. Later, while searching Joseah's room, Nicki finds the bloody slippers the tycoon was wearing when he was killed, but Mr. Saunders, Waring's personal secretary, sends Danny, a chauffeur, to Nicki's hotel room to recover the incriminating evidence. Nicki then goes to The Circus Club to see Margo, but when Arnold shows up, Nicki is forced to lock the singer in her dressing room and perform in her place. Nicki is later waylaid by Saunders and Danny, but she is soon rescued by mystery writer Wayne Morgan, at the cost of his engagement to long-time fiancée, Joyce Williams. Saunders is then killed, allowing Nicki and Wayne to sneak out of the nightclub with the slippers. The two are arrested the next morning for the nightclub murder, and evidence of their innocence is destroyed when Maxwell, Wayne's valet, cleans Joseah's ... +


Arriving in New York City for a Christmas visit with her aunt, Nicki Collins sees through her train window the murder of shipping magnate Joseah Waring. Because of her known addiction to mystery novels, the debutante is unable to convince the police that she witnessed a crime, and decides to begin her own investigation. After viewing a newsreel in which Waring is reported to have died accidentally while decorating a Christmas tree at his Long Island estate, Nicki sneaks onto the property, only to be discovered by Arnold Waring, Joseah's nephew. Arnold, however, mistakes Nicki for Margo Martin, a nightclub singer and Joseah's fiancée. Posing as Margo, Nicki is then allowed to witness the reading of Joseah's will, in which the tycoon disinherits his family and leaves the bulk of his estate to Margo. Later, while searching Joseah's room, Nicki finds the bloody slippers the tycoon was wearing when he was killed, but Mr. Saunders, Waring's personal secretary, sends Danny, a chauffeur, to Nicki's hotel room to recover the incriminating evidence. Nicki then goes to The Circus Club to see Margo, but when Arnold shows up, Nicki is forced to lock the singer in her dressing room and perform in her place. Nicki is later waylaid by Saunders and Danny, but she is soon rescued by mystery writer Wayne Morgan, at the cost of his engagement to long-time fiancée, Joyce Williams. Saunders is then killed, allowing Nicki and Wayne to sneak out of the nightclub with the slippers. The two are arrested the next morning for the nightclub murder, and evidence of their innocence is destroyed when Maxwell, Wayne's valet, cleans Joseah's bloody slippers. Nicki is later bailed out of jail by Arnold, but she runs away as she suspects him of the murders. She then mistakenly seeks the protection of Jonathan Waring, Arnold's older brother, unaware that he is the psychopathic killer. Nicki suddenly realizes the truth when she discovers that she is in the same room in which Joseah was killed. Jonathan tells Nicki that he plans to kill her, then frame his brother for the murder. Arnold manages to rescue Nicki, only to have Wayne arrive, mistake him for the killer and give Jonathan back his gun. Wayne is followed to the Waring warehouse by the police, however, and Jonathan is finally arrested. Later, Nicki and Wayne marry, and the writer is forced to tell his new bride the ending of his latest book in order to begin their honeymoon. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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