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Sleepers West (1941)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  14 March 1941 (USA)
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Mike Shayne tries to distinguish criminals from red herrings as he escorts a surprise witness via rail to a high profile trial in San Francisco.

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Mary Beth Hughes ...
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Louis Jean Heydt ...
Everett Jason
Edward Brophy ...
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Carl Izzard
Ben Carter ...
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Detective Shayne is on a train headed for San Francisco with a surprise witness (Hughes) whom many on board would like to keep from testifying at a murder trial. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Sleepers East  »

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When the trainman receives the telegram via the train order hoop, he keeps the hoop on board. In actual railroad practice, he would have extracted the paper and dropped the hoop to the ground so that the operator could recover it for future re-use. See more »

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Michael Shayne: [seeing Kay's arm caught in the drop-down berth] Put a torch in your hand and you could pass for the Statue of Liberty.
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A lobotomized Shayne?
29 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SLEEPERS WEST (1941) Lloyd Nolan Nolan (Mike Shayne) is transporting star witness on a train. So much of the movie takes place aboard a train. Comforting train noises all the way along, the clickety-clack of the rails.

Quite interesting and lots of unusual twists but* most of them lacking credibility.

One thing that bothered me was this thing they have in the 40's about how wily and sneaky women are, even the protagonists. A reporter, Shayne's old flame, lies often even when there was no reason to. And would make a sneaky face that only we, the viewers, could see.

Mike Shayne was totally ineffective. His job was to get the witness to trial yet he stuck her in a berth and never stayed with her. Instead he roams around the train, aimlessly, uttering one-word remarks to other characters. Mostly he just stared at his hands or his lap.

I like the genre but was very impatient with the plodding pace.

And I'm increasingly disappointed with the portrayal of women in that decade being duplistic and deceitful.


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