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directed by Edward L. Cahn
USA 1950


The cops have no interest in any of the suspects in the line up. Laura Mansfield (Joyce MacKenzie) does. She’s has a hunch one of them is the person she saw running away after her father was gunned down. The law turns the man free. Laura, a college student with no training as a detective, turns herself loose on the case. Feigning romantic interest, she becomes part of the suspect’s world, putting herself on a twisted trail of hitmen, nightclubs, blackmail and false identities that leads to Destination Murder. An assassin who can only do his vile deeds while Moonlight Sonata plays is one of the lapel-grabbing flourishes of this noir programmer from prolific “Killer B” director Edward L. Cahn (Our Gang shorts, It! The Terror from Beyond Space).


Theatrical Release: 8 June 1950 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:12:18

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
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In February 2011, Warner Archive released a trio of rare RKO thrillers from 1950 - Destination Murder, The Tattooed Stranger and Experiment Alcatraz which we will be reviewing here, at DVDBeaver. Destination Murder doesn't star any name actors although Myrna Dell makes a memorable femme fatale and Joyce Mackenzie is fine as a lead actress. Albert Dekker is most recognizable as a sadistic Armitage due to a number of noir roles.

The print quality for this title is fine. There are number of marks and specs including a few lines running across the screen (see last capture), but overall contrast is good. There are not trailers provided and per usual standard, no subtitles. A recommended little thriller for any B-noir fans.

  - Gregory Meshman


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