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Whistle Stop (1946)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  25 January 1946 (USA)
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When beautiful Mary returns home to her "whistle stop" home town, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.


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Complete credited cast:
Lew Lentz
Jorja Curtright ...
Jane Nigh ...
Josie Veech
Florence Bates ...
Molly Veech
Charles Drake ...
Charles Judels ...
Sam Veech
Jimmy Conlin ...
Al - the Barber
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Beautiful Mary returns to her small hometown after many years from Chicago wearing a mink coat and carrying an expensive cigarette case. Her arrival causes long standing enmities to surface between two of her old boyfriends, Kenny Veech, a loafing gambler, and debonair Lew Lentz, owner of a local nightclub. Their deep-seated animosity repeatedly results in antagonism and fights as they compete for Mary's affections. Kenny's friend Gitlo, a bartender in Lentz' club, enlists Kenny in an aborted plan to rob Lentz of $15,000 in profits from sponsoring a local carnival. Lentz retaliates by framing both men for murder. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Release Date:

25 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angeloi kai daimones  »

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Mack Gray, who plays the replacement bartender, was an old friend of George Raft and his film career consisted mostly of cameos in Raft films. See more »


Kenny Veech: What are you doin' home tonight?
Mary: Lew had to drive to Mayfield. What are you doin' home tonight?
Kenny Veech: Lew had to drive to Mayfield.
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Whistle Stop It Already!
13 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ava Gardner looks delectable and the character actors are wonderful in this preposterous soaper with noirish tendencies. No hint is ever given why Ava should fall for such a schmuck as portrayed by Raft. Why she should dally with the sort of weasel as portrayed by Tom Conway is a head scratcher as well. Perhaps they're the best that this one track town can offer in the way of available men. One would think that Chicago, the town Ava leaves to return to this burg, would present a more palatable platter of gents. But, thought doesn't play much of a part in this story. It is improbable, turgid and despite the fact that a train rolls through town, goes nowhere. There is some interesting camera work and nice lighting. The secondary actors are the only reasons to keep watching this bore. Well, that and the various shots of dreamy-looking Ava attired in her robe, nightgown and clinging dresses. Ultimately, though, this flick can be tersely summed up as being about a mope and a dope.

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