Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lady on a Train (1945)

IMDb plot summary: While waiting at a train station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder from a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since there's no body. She then enlists a popular mystery writer to help with her sleuthing.
Directed by Charles David. Starring Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Edward Everett Horton, and David Bruce.

The movie was nothing at all like I expected from the title and opening. I assumed it was going to be a noir thiller of some sort, but instead it's a silly crime comedy that is adorable and delightful. I'm not sure I've ever seen Deanna Durbin in anything, but she's great here and is responsible for most of the tone of the movie -- casual and lighthearted and reveling in the danger of it all. My only real complaint is the three musical numbers, because while you know I love my musical numbers, these really do halt the story and throw off the tone of the film. Overall, though, it's a great movie, and one that I was particularly happy to be introduced to as a new holiday favorite.

4.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Lady on a Train > The Whistleblower
Lady on a Train > Eat Pray Love
Lady on a Train > A Man for All Seasons
Lady on a Train < Equus
Lady on a Train < The Fisher King
Lady on a Train < The Boys Next Door
Lady on a Train < Jean de Florette
Lady on a Train < Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Lady on a Train > Benny & Joon
Lady on a Train > In the Bedroom
Lady on a Train > The Holiday

Final spot: #309 out of 2543.

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