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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Caslon
Hotel Clerk
Capt. Iles
Mark Bristow
Cook (as Olin Howlin)
John Berkes ...
Michael Steele ...
John Kellogg ...


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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Release Date:

16 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peor que el hombre  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jane Greer got the role after Marlene Dietrich turned it down. See more »


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 »


[Haven walks up to the table where Charlie and Prince are seated]
John Haven: [to Prince, whom he previously encountered at the dice table] You know, you look much better at this table.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': And you must like to pick fights.
John Haven: Only with second lieutenants.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': We like second lieutenants here. You see, here everybody fights except the army.
John Haven: I wouldn't know.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': So, anyone who doesn't like the army...
John Haven: I know what you mean. But I'm afraid I'll have to come back. You see, I like the way you sing.
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The Sun Shining Warm
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Burl Ives (uncredited)
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Criminally Overlooked
10 December 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

This excellent Western is really a tough film noir cleverly set in the Old West. The dialogue is sublime, so razor sharp that the actors probably had to bandage their hands after reading the script. And there are interesting little details as well; for instance, the way Dick Powell condescendingly pats attractive women on the arm (the way you might a pet) to let them know who's really in control. (Or so he'd like to think.) Toss in a first rate supporting cast that includes Raymond Burr, Burl Ives, and Agnes Moorehead - all generously given their scenes to shine - and you've got one heck of a movie.

On the surface, Dick Powell, as the undercover military officer trying to solve a series of gold robberies, is an unlikely leading man. He's more commanding here than many square-jawed actors, and when the film is over it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role.

This is one of those extremely satisfying movies where nothing seems forced or labored. It has that effortless fluidity and clearness of purpose that makes it just as entertaining today as I'm sure it was 50 years ago.

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