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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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Lew Lentz
Jorja Curtright ...
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Jane Nigh ...
Josie Veech
Florence Bates ...
Molly Veech
Charles Drake ...
Ernie
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Sam Veech
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Estelle
Jimmy Conlin ...
Al - the Barber
Jimmy Ames ...
Mr. Barker
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Storyline

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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR TROUBLE... YOU CAN FIND IT IN THIS MAN'S ARMS! (US title lobby card - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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25 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angeloi kai daimones  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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At the beginning of the film Ava Gardner gets off a train and goes to a house. She enters the front door and slams the door behind her with enough force to latch it. However, the door does not latch and bounces open a few inches. See more »

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Kenny Veech: You haven't won a pot all night, Barker.
Mr. Barker: The cards are against me.
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Kenny Veech: Meanin' what?
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Little Brown Jug
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Fun to see a movie of this period with stars in the early years of their careers.
15 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wanted to see this movie because I had read the novel "Whistle Stop" which was written by Maritta Wolff when she was a college student and was recently republished. The novel gave a great presentation of the Post Depression era and Wolff's beautifully descriptive writing won her a prestigious award. The scriptwriter changed the story significantly. While one part would probably have been too sensitive for the time, I think today's movie writers would portray more of Wolff's imagery of life on both "sides of the tracks". I doubt if an author today would allow his or her book to be an inspiration to a screenwriter who would use some characters and some dialogue yet change the story so dramatically. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the movie AFTER reading the book as it was fascinating to see the similarities and the differences. I'd recommend reading the book and then enjoying the mid-1940's black & white film with the gorgeous Ava Gardner and a young Victor McLaghlin. This certainly isn't the best of '40's crime drama but it was fun to see. If you've already seen the movie, read the book!!


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