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Sleepers West (1941)

Mike Shayne tries to distinguish criminals from red herrings as he escorts a surprise witness via rail to a high profile trial in San Francisco.

Director:

Eugene Forde

Writers:

Lou Breslow (screen play), Stanley Rauh (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Nolan ... Michael Shayne
Lynn Bari ... Kay Bentley
Mary Beth Hughes ... Helen Carlson
Louis Jean Heydt ... Everett Jason
Edward Brophy ... George Trautwein
Don Costello ... Carl Izzard
Ben Carter ... Leander Jones - Porter
Donald Douglas ... Tom Linscott
Oscar O'Shea ... Engineer McGowan
Harry Hayden ... Conductor Lyons
Hamilton MacFadden Hamilton MacFadden ... Conductor Meyers
Ferike Boros Ferike Boros ... Farm Lady
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Detective Shayne is on a train headed for San Francisco with a surprise witness (Hughes) whom many on board would like to keep from testifying at a murder trial. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepers East See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the trainman receives the telegram via the train order hoop, he keeps the hoop on board. In actual railroad practice, he would have extracted the paper and dropped the hoop to the ground so that the operator could recover it for future re-use. See more »

Quotes

Kay Bentley: I think I'll have the #5: the double hamburger with the relish and the hot ketchup, the ground glass and the melted cheese with plenty of onions!
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Followed by Too Many Winners (1947) See more »

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Unmysterious 'mystery' put me to sleep in the West
30 November 2008 | by donofthedialSee all my reviews

I just saw SLEEPERS WEST and it has little or no relation to a 'good film'. It's hilariously all over the map (haha) with completely improbable characters dropping in. The "farm woman" was a great example of that.

There are long stretches of the short film where the actors are pretty much on their own simply filling the film out while trying to be charming. The Louis Jean Heydt and Mary Beth Hughes characters just ramble their sad stories and histories to each other for no real reason. Nolan and Bari stay in there and keep throwing punches from beginning to end. At least Bari and Hughes are pretty. The train setting is nice. Some of the other MS films have snappy cars. I think I saw a LaSalle in MS-PD.

I ID'd 3 of the black actors, Ben, Mantan and Snowflake. They all were in so many films. And there was George Chandler as the rube with the car. He was head of the SAG once.

Bari and Hughes were in ORCHESTRA WIVES together.

That was one weird close up of LJH looking at MBH at one point.

Really not much one can say. Nice, crisp B&W! :) Anyway, it is pointless to attack and impossible to defend these paper-thin 'mysteries'. They are very disposable and if they had never been filmed, the world would be pretty much the same.


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