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Deanna Durbin: Lady on a Train [DVD]


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  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce, George Coulouris, Allen Jenkins
  • Directors: Charles David
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JK6X0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,448 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Deanna Durbin plays a murder mystery fan who accidentally witnesses a murder whilst travelling by train from San Francisco to New York. A comedy thriller that will keep you guessing all the way and features three enchanting songs from Deanna.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 19 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
This is a Christmas snowflake from the wonderful Deanna Durbin. She may have saved Universal from bankruptcy as a young musical sensation in the late 30's, but by the mid 40's she had matured into a pleasantly gorgeous actress who made several memorable light comedies. This breezy murder mystery is one of her best. The entire film takes place over a snowy Christmas weekend and it makes a marvelous backdrop to this fun film.
Nikki Collins (Deanna) is on a train bound for New York for the Christmas holiday, reading a mystery by her favorite author, Wayne Morgan (David Bruce), when out the train window she witnesses the murder of Josiah Warring. Since no one will believe her, she hunts down mystery writer Morgan and slowly drags him into her enthusiastic search for the killer. He is engaged to a rather stuffy society babe, and we know right away that he and Durbin will end up together before the final curtain.
The murdered man was a rich shipping magnate and when Durbin attempts to snoop around the tycoon's mansion she is mistaken by nephew Arnold (Dan Duryea) for Margo Martin, the nightclub singer to whom Josiah has left everything, much to the chagrin of everyone. This gives Durbin an opportunity to go to the nightclub and do some amateur detective work, as well as do a sexy rendition of "Give Me a Little Kiss, Will Ya?" and the lovely "Night and Day," the latter in an alluring black dress you'll definitely remember.
The real Margo gets murdered of course, as does the owner of the swanky nightclub "The Circus," and everyone seems to be after the blood stained slippers Nikki has found that prove the tycoon was really murdered! David Bruce does a nice job as the mystery writer Morgan as does Duryea as the black sheep of the family, Ralph Bellamy being the good nephew.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on 6 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
This film is a fast-paced, fun thriller set in a film noir style but ultimately would fit into the category of screwball comedy fine. Chuck in one or two sing-along moments with its main star Deanna Durbin and you have the recipe of a fun classic.
Durbin looks particularly beautiful in this role, she is no longer a child star either.
In what is a mature role as Nikki who, on a train, notices the killing of a man, determined to find the culprit and bring justice, she approaches the police with her story but they refuse to listen to her; assuming she's affected by her hyper imagination, and somewhat influenced by the crime novels she has been reading.
However, it is those very novels that help her solve the crime. She hires a famous mystery author to help her on her journey to solving the riddle of the crime she witnessed as the lady on the train.
Durbin does add a few bits of childlike silliness but this adds the fun element to a film, which is meant to be a screwball comedy after all. She also wears a number of beautiful outfits, enough to make any classically inclined lady swoon and is gorgeous throughout! Durbin's voice is absolutely stunning as well.

Classic screwball with fun, thrills and tunes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 July 2007
Format: VHS Tape
A film noir starring Deanna Durbin may seem as natural as eating an oyster with a splash of chocolate syrup, but if you're adventurous, well, somebody has to be the first to try it. Actually, the movie's a pleasant romp. Lady on a Train is a comedy mystery with some nice noir characteristics...shadows, trains, bodies and a climax in a darkened office building that would make Dick Powell feel right at home.

Nikki Collins (Durbin) is a society deb from San Francisco coming in on the train for a visit to New York. As the train pulls into Grand Central, she casually looks out the window of her compartment and sees an elderly gentleman in an office across the way having his head bashed in by a crowbar-wielding murderer. She can see the victim's face, but not the assailant's. There are two things we need to know about Nikki. First, she's an energetic, confident young woman who is as determined as they come. Second, she loves mysteries. In fact, she was reading Wayne Morgan's "The Case of the Headless Bride" when she looked out the window. She goes to the police but they don't take her seriously. Plus, it's a few days before Christmas and no one is looking for more work than they already have. What's an heiress to do? Nikki looks up Morgan's address and pesters and prods him into using his skills as a detective to help find the killer. Nikki isn't fazed when Morgan (David Bruce) tries to tell her he's an author, he's shy, he's faint-hearted and he's no detective. She's determined to enlist his help, but in the meantime she's learned who the victim is, a very rich man. And she learns not only where he lived, but that his family is saying the man died accidently in a fall. So off she goes to the family mansion in the dead of night with snow starting to sift down...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Van Schuylen on 24 May 2011
Format: DVD
I was very pleased to find this on Amazon.co.uk as a single disc! It was only available as part of a Deanna Durbin collection here in the U.S. Also, it was a much cleaner and crisper print! If you like this movie, I strongly suggest that you purchase it here...:-)...
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Format: VHS Tape
This is a Christmas snowflake from the wonderful Deanna Durbin. She may have saved Universal from bankruptcy as a young musical sensation in the late 30's, but by the mid 40's she had matured into a pleasantly gorgeous actress who made several memorable light comedies. This breezy murder mystery is one of her best. The entire film takes place over the Christmas weekend and it makes a marvelous backdrop to this fun film. It is snowing in almost every shot and I watch this every Christmas like some people watch "It's a Wonderful Life."
Nikki Collins (Deanna) is on a train bound for New York for the Christmas holiday, reading a mystery by her favorite author, Wayne Morgan (David Bruce), when out the train window she witnesses the murder of Josiah Warring. Since no one will believe her, she hunts down mystery writer Morgan and slowly drags him into her enthusiastic search for the killer. He is engaged to a rather stuffy society babe, and we know right away that he and Durbin will end up together before the final curtain.
The murdered man was a rich shipping magnate and when Durbin attempts to snoop around the tycoon's mansion she is mistaken by nephew Arnold (Dan Duryea) for Margo Martin, the nightclub singer to whom Josiah has left everything, much to the chagrin of everyone. This gives Durbin an opportunity to go to the nightclub and do some amateur detective work, as well as do a sexy rendition of "Give Me a Little Kiss, Will Ya?" and the lovely "Night and Day," the latter in an alluring black dress you'll definitely remember.
The real Margo gets murdered of course, as does the owner of the swanky nightclub "The Circus," and everyone seems to be after the blood stained slippers Nikki has found that prove the tycoon was really murdered!
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