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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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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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The railhead town site was constructed on the Paramount lot adjacent to the neighboring RKO Pictures studio. It became the basis for what would go on to become Paramount's famous western town set as seen in TV's Bonanza (1959) and numerous other TV shows and movies. Prior to 1948, Paramount didn't have a western set on its studio lot. A short line of track was laid down that allowed a working period locomotive to pull into town. See more »

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

Quotes

Murray Sinclair: [Seeing Smith on foot and soaked to the skin] You sure picked a fine night for a wash. What's the matter? Don't you like horses anymore?
Luke 'Whispering' Smith: Sure, I had one, but they shot it out from under me.
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Version of Whispering Smith (1916) See more »

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Ladd and Preston shine in this great old Western
7 January 2015 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Released in 1948, "Whispering Smith" stars Alan Ladd in the eponymous role of a train detective who's starts to suspect that his friend, Murray (Robert Preston) may be involved with a gang that wrecks and loots trains. Murray's wife, (Brenda Marshall), is concerned about her husband hanging with ne'er-do-wells and wishes she had a righteous man, like Smith.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed "Whispering Smith." It lacks that goofy humor and wacky characters that plague many old Westerns; plus the ancient score is more bearable than usual. Ladd is stunning as the noble and determined protagonist and so is Preston as the amiable husband gone bad. Can Murray be redeemed or has he gone too far?

The film runs 88 minutes and was shot in California.

GRADE: A-


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