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Station West (1948)

Passed  -  Action | Mystery | Romance  -  16 October 1948 (USA)
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Dick Powell stars as Haven, a government private investigator assigned to investigate the murders of two cavalrymen. Travelling incognito, Haven arrives in a small frontier outpost, where ... See full summary »

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Charlene aka 'Charlie'
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Mary Caslon
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Hotel Clerk
Tom Powers ...
Capt. George Iles
Gordon Oliver ...
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Steve Brodie ...
Second Lt. Stellman
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Mick
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Mark Bristow
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Jim Goddard
Olin Howland ...
Cook (as Olin Howlin)
John Berkes ...
Sam--Pianist
Michael Steele ...
Jerry
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Pete
John Kellogg ...
Ben
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Dick Powell stars as Haven, a government private investigator assigned to investigate the murders of two cavalrymen. Travelling incognito, Haven arrives in a small frontier outpost, where saloon singer Charlie controls all illegal activities. After making short work of Charlie's burly henchman, Haven gets a job at her gambling emporium, biding his time and gathering evidence against the gorgeous crime chieftain Cast as a philosophical bartender, Burl Ives is afforded at least one opportunity to sing. Written by R. Alberts

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16 October 1948 (USA)  »

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Främlingen från Kansas  »

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As the gold-carrying stage crosses the river, the outlaws charge from hiding. The first outlaw's horse collides with the "off lead" horse and falls down dumping his rider who scrambles upright. See more »

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Sometime Remind Me To Tell You
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Jane Greer (uncredited)
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Philip Marlowe goes cowboy
3 June 2003 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell plays his usual sarcastic self in this nice little RKO western about an Army undercover officer investigating a series of gold shipment robberies along with the murder of two soldiers.

He gets embroiled with film noir queen Jane Greer as the manipulative seductress who is up to no good. She trades a lot of quick, snappy one-liners with Powell and of course they fall in love. Good dialog.

Agnes Moorehead appears as the gold mine owner who is romantically involved with the Army Captain of the investigation, Tom Powers.

We also get Raymond Burr as the corrupt but wimpy town lawyer who's involved on the periphery of the robberies that's taking place. Burr was a good heavy for about 10 years before he became PERRY MASON. Too bad he doesn't get to play that kind of character, here. But even as a wimp, he's still sleazy.

Nice fistfight scene between Powell and Gunn Williams, who plays one of Geer's henchmen thugs here. He doesn't get to say much other than look mean, but then the role doesn't call for much of that, either.

Also notable for the appearance of Burl Ives as the singing hotel clerk who at first, gets on Powell's nerves but later becomes an important ally in his investigation.

And at 80 minutes, the film moves along quite smoothly with no awkward moments or wasted screen time. The whole thing ends before ya know it.

Gets a 6½ out of 10 for good story and decent action.


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