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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Murray Sinclair
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Marian Sinclair
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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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9 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Por Um Fio  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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 Luke gets punched in the face and begins to fall, the chair starts to tip to the side. However, it is standing upright in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Luke 'Whispering' Smith: Murray, if they'd be any other way, I'd a played it differently. You know that, don't you?
[Murray tries to talk]
Luke 'Whispering' Smith: The only cards I had wee the ones you dealt me.
[Murray smiles and dies]
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Version of Whispering Smith (1916) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Lyrics written by Robert Burns in 1788
Sung by Demerast, Ladd, and Preston.
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WHISPERING SMITH (Leslie Fenton, 1948) ***
26 January 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Alan Ladd's first film in color was also his first Western, a genre with which he would become associated after making 11 of them in all (having previously excelled in noirs during the 1940s and early 50s). Here he plays a character dating back to the Silent era: a soft-spoken (hence the title) but sharp-shooting investigator for a railroad company which also employs his best friends – rugged foreman Robert Preston (who married Ladd's girl Brenda Marshall) and old-timer William Demarest. With Ladd away on company business i.e. chasing a notorious trio of sibling train robbers, Preston falls in with a bad crowd headed by cattle rustler Donald Crisp and his albino henchman Frank Faylen and, on whose account, he has been pilfering 'damaged' goods transported by the railroad. Ladd is ordered back home to look into this wave of train wrecks which have been occurring on a regular basis. Suspecting Crisp and his crew, he pleads with Preston to pull out in time but the latter is too deeply involved by now to listen and an eventual shootout between the two childhood friends is inevitable. An ordinary, unpretentious Western to be sure but one that is well acted, competently staged and provides consistent entertainment for the undiscriminating viewer and Western film buffs in particular.


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