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Station West
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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:
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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Marlowe in spurs 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:
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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Trivia:
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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Marlowe in spurs, 6 January 2006
Author: Charles Herold (cherold) from United States

In the movie they Might Be Giants, a delusional jurist explains that he loves westerns because they show the clear delineation between right and wrong, which is when I realized why I vastly prefer mysteries to westerns; I like a more complex world view in which the good and evil dichotomy is not so apparent.

Station West is a rather unusual movie in that it looks like a western and has a western-themed score but in terms of story and acting is more akin to 40s tough-guy detective flicks, with more moral ambiguity than you'd see in a John Ford movie. It's not dark enough to be called film noir, but it has some of those elements, and the relationship of Haven and Charlie is very Hammett-Chandleresque.

The movie is enjoyable and briskly paced, with good performances and decent dialog. At the same time, Powell is a bit too unsympathetic for me, with a fairly callous disregard for the results of his actions. And the plotting is a little lazy, with that convoluted, poorly explained style you get in most of the Philip Marlowe films. But if you like 40s detective movies this is a good bet.

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