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


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 <>

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9 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Por Um Fio  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


When Luke Smith is pouring coffee for Bill Dansing in front of the Boarding House, one instant he is pouring coffee into Bill's cup and the next he is pouring coffee into his own cup. See more »


Barney Rebstock: [to Murray giving instructions for the upsoming shootout] One man behind the rock is worth three in the open.
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Version of Whispering Smith (1916) See more »


Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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17 July 2008 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

This is a very fine western. Great Technicolor, decent acting and a nice plot. As a fan of the western genre, I appreciate the snappy way the story moves along. Modern westerns (and most films, in fact) drag the exposition out. Here, for example, when Robert Preston's character meets up with his old friend Ladd and mentions Preston's wife's name, the look on Ladd's face instantly tells you "oh-oh, there's a history here." Very quick, but well done and you know what's coming.

This is a "railroad western." It's nice to see a western that emphasizes the importance and power of the the railroads in the settlement of the west.

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