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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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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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16 October 1948 (USA)  »

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A Stranger in Town
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Written by Mort Greene and Leigh Harline
Sung by Burl Ives
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The Private Eye Goes West
30 March 2000 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell was a musical comedy star in the 30's who in 1944 made a dramatic career change when he switched to hard-boiled private eye/cop roles. Station West, his only western, is basically this character in a western setting. Make no mistake, Station West is a good western.

Powell plays an undercover army officer trying to find out who murdered two soldiers while stealing a gold shipment (No not the Gold Diggers of 1933). Along the way he meets Jane Greer as a business like saloon owner who may not be what she seems to be.

One of the best moments in the film is the knock down drag out fight Powell has with Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, playing a villain this time around. At first, after Powell knocks him down in the saloon, Williams utters a classic line: "You're too small to have made such a big mistake".

Other notables in the cast include Raymond Burr as a cowardly lawyer, Agnes Moorehead as Powell's "contact", Tom Powers as the army commander, Powell regular Regis Toomey as an undercover agent and an unbilled Burl Ives as a guitar strumming hotel clerk.

The black and white photography is excellent, particularly in the outdoor scenes. Station West raises the question as to why Powell didn't make more westerns. This was a good one.


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