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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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Mary
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Gitlo
Tom Conway ...
Lew Lentz
Jorja Curtright ...
Fran
Jane Nigh ...
Josie Veech
Florence Bates ...
Molly Veech
Charles Drake ...
Ernie
Charles Judels ...
Sam Veech
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Estelle
Jimmy Conlin ...
Al - the Barber
Jimmy Ames ...
Mr. Barker
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Bartender
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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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SHE SPELLED TROUBLE FOR EVERY GUY THAT MADE A PLAY FOR HER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Release Date:

25 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angeloi kai daimones  »

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Sound Mix:

(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 »

Quotes

Kenny Veech: You haven't won a pot all night, Barker.
Mr. Barker: The cards are against me.
Kenny Veech: I don't know, you did pretty good when you brought your own deck.
Mr. Barker: You're not doin' so good yourself, with cards or anything else!
Kenny Veech: Meanin' what?
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I've Been working on the Railroad
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Victor McLaghlin steals the show
11 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George Raft and Ava Gardner seem like a surefire hit but somehow it just doesn't turn out that way. The relationship between the two seems contrived. I think there may have been screen writing problems or something. Taking a decent plot and a good idea for a story and weighing it down and forcing it. It always seemed like there was something missing. But have no fear, Victor McLaghlin saves the show. His character is not only the only one that is interesting enough to care about but McLaghlin gives a really wonderful performance and one well worth watching. I wish the entire movie had been about him with Raft and Gardner as the peripheral characters.

Without Victor McLaghlin I give the film 3 or maybe 4 out of 10 but his screen time brings it up to a fairly solid 6 out of 10.


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