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Station West (1948)

Approved | | Action, Mystery, Romance | 16 October 1948 (USA)
When two US cavalrymen transporting a gold shipment get killed, US Army Intelligence investigator John Haven goes undercover to a mining and logging town to find the killers.

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Mrs. Caslon
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Hotel Clerk
Tom Powers ...
Capt. Iles
Gordon Oliver ...
Prince
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Stellman
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Mick
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Mark Bristow
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Goddard
Olin Howland ...
Cook (as Olin Howlin)
John Berkes ...
Pianist
Michael Steele ...
Jerry
Dan White ...
Pete
John Kellogg ...
Ben
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Storyline

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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Charlie writes a letter of authorisation for Haven to take over the running of the stage line. She writes on the paper vertically. However, when Haven hands over the letter to the man currently in charge, he reads the whole letter horizontally. See more »

Quotes

Second Lt. Stellman: You a stranger here?
[Haven turns to him, then turns back to the bar and downs his whiskey]
John Haven: [to bartender] What kind of whiskey was that?
Bartender: On the bottle it says rye, but the way you take it I don't see what difference it makes.
John Haven: I'll have another rye.
Second Lt. Stellman: You didn't answer my question.
John Haven: I'm a stranger everywhere.
Second Lt. Stellman: You got a job?
John Haven: Listen, soldier, I know that one too. 'Got a job, stranger? No? Why don't you join the army? Three meals a day, a place to sleep, nice warm uniform.'
Second Lt. Stellman: It has a little more than ...
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Soundtracks

The Sun Shining Warm
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Burl Ives (uncredited)
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Marlowe in spurs
6 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the movie they Might Be Giants, a delusional jurist explains that he loves westerns because they show the clear delineation between right and wrong, which is when I realized why I vastly prefer mysteries to westerns; I like a more complex world view in which the good and evil dichotomy is not so apparent.

Station West is a rather unusual movie in that it looks like a western and has a western-themed score but in terms of story and acting is more akin to 40s tough-guy detective flicks, with more moral ambiguity than you'd see in a John Ford movie. It's not dark enough to be called film noir, but it has some of those elements, and the relationship of Haven and Charlie is very Hammett-Chandleresque.

The movie is enjoyable and briskly paced, with good performances and decent dialog. At the same time, Powell is a bit too unsympathetic for me, with a fairly callous disregard for the results of his actions. And the plotting is a little lazy, with that convoluted, poorly explained style you get in most of the Philip Marlowe films. But if you like 40s detective movies this is a good bet.


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