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Whispering Smith (1948)

Passed | | Western | 9 December 1948 (USA)
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
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Emmy Dansing
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Blake Barton
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Whitey Du Sang
John Eldredge ...
George McCloud
Ward Wood ...
Leroy Barton (as Robert Wood)
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Bill Baggs
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Sheriff McSwiggin
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Dr. Sawbuck
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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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railroad | brandy | cigar | See All (3) »

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A new Ladd thrills the Old West !

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Western

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Passed | See all certifications »

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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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(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 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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Connections

Followed by Whispering Smith (1961) 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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What's Not To Like?
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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