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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 ...
Prince
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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She Was Sweet...and DEADLY AS POISON! (original poster) See more »


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16 October 1948 (USA)  »

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Främlingen från Kansas  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The TCM print is the 1957 re-release, with re-framed title credits to accommodate wide screen projection. See more »

Soundtracks

The Sun Shining Warm
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Burl Ives (uncredited)
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Noirish Western Well Acted and Expertly Filmed.
16 February 2006 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell, a favorite actor of the Noir genre, stars as military intelligence officer Haven, a smart aleck undercover investigator looking into the deaths of two soldiers. Everything appears, on the surface, to be fairly cut and dried, but a good script and excellent acting creates the moody atmosphere necessary to turn this unassuming western town into a darker place where things are not always as they seem. The plot is tight and the viewer should be prepared to pay attention lest she or he miss important plot points. Greer's performance is flawless, and even the actors who have few lines or quick cameos (Burr's performance comes to mind here), fully invest in their characters.

The filming is rather innovative for the time, with realistic hand-held shots peeking through tree branches, at saddle level, or in the case of the aforementioned fight scene, employing angles that join Powell and Williams as they brawl on the dusty bar-lit road. Lanfield invites the viewer into the scene, creating a first person viewpoint that is entirely intimate.

There are a few flaws in the writing, but on the whole, viewing Stations West is an excellent way to spend 80 minutes. Very entertaining!


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