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Director:
Writers:
Frank Fenton (screenplay) and
Winston Miller (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 October 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A STRANGER IN TOWN...WHERE STRANGERS WEREN'T WELCOME!...and he found out a gal double-crossed is Deadly as Poison! See more »
Plot:
Dick Powell stars as Haven, a government private investigator assigned to investigate the murders of two cavalrymen... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
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Cast

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Dick Powell ... John Haven

Jane Greer ... 'Charlie'

Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Caslon

Burl Ives ... Hotel Clerk
Tom Powers ... Captain Iles
Gordon Oliver ... Prince
Steve Brodie ... Stellman
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mick (as Guinn Williams)

Raymond Burr ... Mark Bristow

Regis Toomey ... Goddard
Michael Steele ... Jerry
Olin Howland ... Cook (as Olin Howlin)
John Berkes ... Pianist

Dan White ... Pete
John Kellogg ... Ben

Charles Middleton ... Sheriff

John Doucette ... Bartender
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)
Grant Withers ... Whitey (uncredited)
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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
 
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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Runtime:
USA:87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1950) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1950) (slightly cut) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2012) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #12639) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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27 out of 27 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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