It was intended to be the first movie of a comedic series starring James Whitmore (John J. Malone) and Marjorie Main (Hattie O’Malley). MGM even whomped up a nice little musical ditty played in the opening credits. Alas, it was not to be.
Malone is a perpetually-broke, skirt-chasing lawyer who inadvertently teams up with radio contest-winning Montanan, Hattie, who has read far too many murder and detective magazines for her own good.
Despite taking place entirely on board a Chicago to New York train, railroad images are far and few between. It’s a comedy/double murder mystery for these two sleuths (one professional, one amateur). Let’s give it a whirl and see what happens!
Actress Ann Dvorak (Connie Kepplar) walks past Union Pacific Railroad chair car # 1339. It’s a steel heavyweight car for sure (check those rivets), but I wasn’t able to find it in any online UP roster. Maybe it’s just a set…. ;p