Murder in the Private Car

Murder in the Private Car

Charlie Ruggles
Director: Harry Beaumont Cast: Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
, Una Merkel
Una Merkel
, Mary Carlisle
Mary Carlisle
Harry Beaumont

DVD (Full Frame)



Harry Beaumont, a director-composer most closely associated with MGM's musical product, does a nice job handling the tongue-in-cheek melodramatics of Murder in the Private Car. Charlie Ruggles goes through his standard drunken-detective act as amateur gumshoe Scott, who stumbles onto a dead body when he wanders into the wrong train car. Despite the fact that the private car can only be locked from the inside, several more murders occur within its walls. This means plenty of trouble for heroine Ruth (Mary Carlisle), who'd rented the car for a cross-country journey of vital importance. Before this particular odyssey is over and the murderer is revealed, the private car, with Ruth trapped inside, is separated from the rest of the train and sent hurtling backward down the tracks, loaded with dynamite! Perhaps Harry Beaumont missed his calling: judging by Murder in the Private Car, he should have specialized in serials.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2015
UPC: 0888574330231
Original Release: 1934
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:03:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Ruggles Scott
Una Merkel Georgia
Mary Carlisle Ruth
Russell Hardie Blake
Porter Hall Murray
Willard Robertson Hanks
Berton Churchill Carson
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Titus, Porter

Technical Credits
Harry Beaumont Director
Al Boasberg Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
William S. Gray Editor
Lucien Hubbard Producer
Leonard Smith Cinematographer
Ralph Spence Screenwriter
Harvey Thew Screenwriter
James Van Trees Cinematographer
Edgar Allan Woolf Screenwriter

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