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Station West (1948)

Approved | | Action, Mystery, Romance | 16 October 1948 (USA)
When two US cavalrymen transporting a gold shipment get killed, US Army Intelligence investigator John Haven goes undercover to a mining and logging town to find the killers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Haven
... Charlie
... Mrs. Caslon
... Hotel Clerk
... Capt. Iles
... Prince
... Stellman
... Mick
... Mark Bristow
... Goddard
... Cook (as Olin Howlin)
... Pianist
... Jerry
... Pete
... Ben
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Dick Powell stars as Haven, a government private investigator assigned to investigate the murders of two cavalrymen. Travelling incognito, Haven arrives in a small frontier outpost, where saloon singer Charlie controls all illegal activities. After making short work of Charlie's burly henchman, Haven gets a job at her gambling emporium, biding his time and gathering evidence against the gorgeous crime chieftain Cast as a philosophical bartender, Burl Ives is afforded at least one opportunity to sing. Written by R. Alberts

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Peor que el hombre  »

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1.37 : 1
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The TCM print is the 1957 re-release, with re-framed title credits to accommodate wide-screen projection. See more »

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Charlie writes a letter of authorisation for Haven to take over the running of the stage line. She writes on the paper vertically. However, when Haven hands over the letter to the man currently in charge, he reads the whole letter horizontally. See more »

Quotes

[Haven goes back to the saloon. Charlie is singing, but stops when she sees him enter, and sits down at a nearby table. Haven approaches the table]
John Haven: Every time I come in here you stop singing. Why is that?
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': You don't have to come in.
John Haven: Look, I didn't come back to start a fight or break the bank.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': Why did you come back?
John Haven: [sitting down] If you'll invite me to sit down, I might find out.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': It might be better if you found another table... and another girl.
John Haven: Oh no it wouldn't. I looked.
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Soundtracks

The Sun Shining Warm
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Burl Ives (uncredited)
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Army Detective Smashes Robbers
10 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

In the Films of Dick Powell, it's pointed out that Powell had done a western only twice before in his musical period. Cowboy from Brooklyn and Riding High had modern western settings.

Only Station West was done during Powell's time as a noir star and he brings the genre west with him. Done in the obligatory black and white photography, Station West is a moody atmospheric thriller.

It's not a mystery because you pretty much know who the bad guys are early on. But it does show Powell's dogged determination to find out who committed a gold robbery in which two soldiers were killed while guarding the shipment.

Powell gets good support from Jane Greer as town saloon owner, Agnes Moorehead as a mine owner, and Raymond Burr as a shyster attorney. Burr is a revelation. Usually the villains he did before doing Perry Mason are pretty strong characters. He's quite the weakling here.

Powell never made another western feature film, but his Four Star Productions produced Zane Grey Theatre in the Fifties on television and Powell himself appeared in many of the half hour stories.


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