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Frank Fenton (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
16 October 1948 (USA) See more »
A STRANGER IN TOWN...WHERE STRANGERS WEREN'T WELCOME!...and he found out a gal double-crossed is Deadly as Poison! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Private Eye Goes West See more (16 total) »


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Dick Powell ... Haven

Jane Greer ... Charlie

Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Caslon

Burl Ives ... Hotel Clerk
Tom Powers ... Capt. Iles
Gordon Oliver ... Prince

Steve Brodie ... Stellman

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mick

Raymond Burr ... Mark Bristow

Regis Toomey ... Goddard
Olin Howland ... Cook (as Olin Howlin)
John Berkes ... Pianist
Michael Steele ... Jerry
Dan White ... Pete
John Kellogg ... Ben

John Doucette ... Bartender

Charles Middleton ... Sheriff
Suzi Crandall ... Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erville Alderson ... Stageline Hired Hand (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Bouncer (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Waiter (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Kibitzer (uncredited)
Art Felix ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robert Gates ... Sam (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... Dancer (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Dice Table Croupier (uncredited)
Robert Jefferson ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... Barfly (uncredited)
Frank Matts ... Barfly (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon ... Rider (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Brawl Spectator (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Brawl Spectator / Holdup Man (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Stickman (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Townsman (uncredited)
Marie Thomas ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
Writing credits
Frank Fenton (screenplay) and
Winston Miller (screenplay)

Luke Short (novel)

Produced by
Robert Sparks .... producer
Dore Schary .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
Set Decoration by
James Altwies (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dore Schary .... in charge of production
Ruby Rosenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maxwell O. Henry .... assistant director (as Max Henry)
Joel Freeman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Francis M. Sarver .... sound (as Frank Sarver)
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Leo J. McMahon .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Williams .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Paul R. Davison .... technical director (as Colonel Paul R. Davison U.S.A. { Retired })
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant to producer
Dorothy B. Cormack .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:(Banned) (1950) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1950) (slightly cut) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2012) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12639) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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 that.
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31 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
The Private Eye Goes West, 30 March 2000
Author: Brian J. Smith from Gloucester, Ontario, Canada

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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