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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)  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Just after 23 minutes into the film, Whispering Smith is given a harmonica, the box of which he drops to the ground, only to have it immediately reappear in his hand. See more »

Quotes

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 (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Lyrics written by Robert Burns in 1788
Sung by Demerast, Ladd, and Preston.
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Entertaining, lively and nice western with Alan Ladd.
21 July 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The Barton's gang is causing problems with its attacks on railroad trains, and Luke "Whispering Smith" (Alan Ladd), is an agent of the railroad to thwart the gang of train robbers, while demonstrating that his best friend "Murray" (Robert Preston) is not involved in the crimes of these criminals.

"Whispering Smith" is a Western with a predictable script being no less entertaining. "Luke" has several encounters with criminals than even getting shot, recover with amazing speed. "Luke" in these battles is the fastest, the most handsome, the kindest, and who makes the best laid plans ... very common in many films of this genre. He between shootings still has time for romance, forming a conflict love triangle with Robert Preston (The Music Man) or (Victor Victoria), as the old friend who "Luke" has great faith, and Brenda Marshall, the girl, and wife of Preston's character good girl, though not a great beauty.

This is the best contribution as director Leslie Fenton, an actor with a long career as bit actor.


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