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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
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Capt. Iles
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Goddard
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Cook (as Olin Howlin)
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Jerry
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Pete
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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Sometime Remind Me To Tell You
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Jane Greer (uncredited)
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Criminally Overlooked
10 December 1999 | by 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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