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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:
A Stranger in Rock Pass. See more (15 total) »

Cast

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Dick Powell ... John Haven

Jane Greer ... Charlene aka 'Charlie'

Agnes Moorehead ... Mary Caslon

Burl Ives ... Hotel Clerk
Tom Powers ... Capt. George Iles
Gordon Oliver ... Prince
Steve Brodie ... Second Lt. Stellman
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mick

Raymond Burr ... Mark Bristow

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

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)

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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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The TCM print is the 1957 re-release, with re-framed title credits to accommodate wide screen projection.See more »
Soundtrack:
A Man Can't Grow OldSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Stranger in Rock Pass., 3 November 2013
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Station West is directed by Sidney Lanfield and adapted to screenplay by Frank Fenton and Winston Miller from the novel written by Luke Short. It stars Dick Powell, Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead, Raymond Burr, Tom Powers, Guinn Williams, Gordon Oliver and Burl Ives. Music is by Heinz Roemheld and cinematography by Harry J. Wild.

Powell plays an undercover army agent sent into Rock Pass to find out who robbed and murdered two soldiers who were guarding a gold shipment.

There has always – and always will be – debates about what constitutes film noir, but undoubtedly it is a line of film making that positively thrives on a style that cloaks a number of characterisations. Thus we have the many off-shoots of film noir, such as the Noir Western. Noir Westerns in all actuality don't number more than 20, and even some of those that get put forward are tenuous additions. Where the likes of Pursued, Ramrod and Blood on the Moon are confidently held up as the leading lights of Noir Westerns, it actually pays to look towards a rarer picture like Raton Pass or this here under seen treasure, Station West, for unseen sub-noir rewards.

Station West has it all so as to earn its noir badge. It's got Powell doing a Western version of Phillip Marlowe, complete with swagger, sarcasm and the ability to nonchalantly smile in the face of peril. Then there's Greer, fresh from Out of the Past the previous year, Greer is in full tilt femme fatale mode, marrying up her hard beauty with feminist strength. Both Powell and Greer are wonderful, their respective characters constantly jostling for domination, trading quips and glib asides, the sexual tension consistently palpable.

The town of Rock Pass is in the process of booming, but with that comes corruption, and it is rife, with unlikely sources pulling the crooked strings. Greed and betrayal are words that hover over the intelligent screenplay, even as the script snaps with delightful one liners and sarcastic wit, there's a moody ambiance snuggling on up with the fun side of things, these bed fellows are meant to be. While the man himself, Haven (Powell), has a reputation for not towing the party line, he's clearly in the right place then!

Filmed out of beautiful Sedona in Arizona, Harry Wild's photography is gorgeous for the exterior locations (those rock formations are just visual orgasms), and film noir nirvana for everything else as he brings expressionistic touches to all the key sequences. In the support acting ranks we have Burr as a twitchy lawyer, Moorehead as a stoic wealthy widow, Williams as bad boy muscle, Oliver as the smarm, Powers as the grumpy unhelpful army captain and Ives as a hotel clerk – cum – balladeer who has a morbid hobby on the side. All of them contribute good characterisations.

I can't say that Roemheld's score is particularly memorable, and a big fist-fight between Williams and Powell is ferocious but tainted by the over dramatics that were indicative of the time, but from beginning to sombre end this is a cracker and it deserves to be better known and loved. 9/10

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