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Whistle Stop (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 January 1946 (USA)
When beautiful Mary returns home to her "whistle stop" home town, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.

Director:

Léonide Moguy (as Leonide Moguy)

Writers:

Maritta M. Wolff (novel), Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Kenny Veech
Ava Gardner ... Mary
Victor McLaglen ... Gitlo
Tom Conway ... Lew Lentz
Jorja Curtright ... Fran
Jane Nigh ... Josie Veech
Florence Bates ... Molly Veech
Charles Drake ... Ernie
Charles Judels ... Sam Veech
Carmel Myers ... Estelle
Jimmy Conlin ... Al - the Barber
Jimmy Ames Jimmy Ames ... Mr. Barker
Mack Gray ... Bartender
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Storyline

Beautiful Mary returns to her small hometown after many years from Chicago wearing a mink coat and carrying an expensive cigarette case. Her arrival causes long standing enmities to surface between two of her old boyfriends, Kenny Veech, a loafing gambler, and debonair Lew Lentz, owner of a local nightclub. Their deep-seated animosity repeatedly results in antagonism and fights as they compete for Mary's affections. Kenny's friend Gitlo, a bartender in Lentz' club, enlists Kenny in an aborted plan to rob Lentz of $15,000 in profits from sponsoring a local carnival. Lentz retaliates by framing both men for murder. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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SHE SPELLED TROUBLE FOR EVERY GUY THAT MADE A PLAY FOR HER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flamingo Bar See more »

Filming Locations:

San Fernando, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nero Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mack Gray, who plays the replacement bartender, was an old friend of George Raft and his film career consisted mostly of cameos in Raft films. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Veech: I'll take a double.
Bartender: How can you drink alone on a Saturday night?
Kenny Veech: I'm getting exclusive, haven't you heard?
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Featured in Crime Wave: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard as a theme when Kenny is working
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Fun to see a movie of this period with stars in the early years of their careers.
15 June 2005 | by wilsullSee all my reviews

I wanted to see this movie because I had read the novel "Whistle Stop" which was written by Maritta Wolff when she was a college student and was recently republished. The novel gave a great presentation of the Post Depression era and Wolff's beautifully descriptive writing won her a prestigious award. The scriptwriter changed the story significantly. While one part would probably have been too sensitive for the time, I think today's movie writers would portray more of Wolff's imagery of life on both "sides of the tracks". I doubt if an author today would allow his or her book to be an inspiration to a screenwriter who would use some characters and some dialogue yet change the story so dramatically. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the movie AFTER reading the book as it was fascinating to see the similarities and the differences. I'd recommend reading the book and then enjoying the mid-1940's black & white film with the gorgeous Ava Gardner and a young Victor McLaghlin. This certainly isn't the best of '40's crime drama but it was fun to see. If you've already seen the movie, read the book!!


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