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Station West (1948)

Passed  |   |  Action, Mystery, Romance  |  16 October 1948 (USA)
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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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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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A STRANGER IN TOWN...WHERE STRANGERS WEREN'T WELCOME!...and he found out a gal double-crossed is Deadly as Poison! See more »


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Peor que el hombre  »

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

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A Man Can't Grow Old
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Sung by Burl Ives
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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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