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Whispering Smith (1948)

Passed  -  Western  -  9 December 1948 (USA)
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Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

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Barney Rebstock
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Bill Dansing
Fay Holden ...
Emmy Dansing
Murvyn Vye ...
Blake Barton
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Whitey Du Sang
John Eldredge ...
George McCloud
Ward Wood ...
Leroy Barton (as Robert Wood)
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Bill Baggs
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Sheriff McSwiggin
Don Barclay ...
Dr. Sawbuck
Eddy Waller ...
Conductor (as Eddy C. Waller)
Ashley Cowan ...
Train Brakeman
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Storyline

Smith as an iron-willed railroad detective. When his friend Murray is fired from the railroad and begins helping Rebstock wreck trains, Smith must go after him. He also seems to have an interest in Murray's wife (and vice versa). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A Vida Por Um Fio  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 16, 1949 with Alan Ladd reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When Smith shoots his horse, the shadow of the dollying camera can be seen crossing his arm. See more »

Quotes

Murray Sinclair: Barney heard you'd been shot up. He asked after ya.
Bill Dansing: Yeah, he seemed mighty disappointed when he heard you wasn't buried yet.
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Railroad western has fine work by Alan Ladd
10 July 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

One of Alan Ladd's first starring films is this entertaining detective western as a railroad investigator assigned to solve the mystery of a rash of train robberies. The detective investigates an old friend whose fine ranch and well-to-do lifestyle are not in accord with his workman's salary, which is the main plot angle. The picture is more of a mystery than a typical western and Ladd's inclination to underplay his scenes gives his character credibility. Ladd's deceptively easygoing portrayals in westerns made him one of the most popular actors of his time. Robert Preston is also good in a role that he seemed to relish, an ethically-compromised man who knew right from wrong but did the devil's work because he thought he could get away with it. Brenda Marshall is lovely as a married woman who still carries a torch for her one-time suitor. The cast is good, as is Ray Rennahan's camera work and Adolph Deutch's music accompaniment.


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