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Station West (1948)

Approved | | Action, Mystery, Romance | 1 September 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.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screenplay), Winston Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Haven
Jane Greer ... Charlie
Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Caslon
Burl Ives ... Hotel Clerk
Tom Powers ... Captain Iles
Gordon Oliver ... Prince
Steve Brodie ... Stellman
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mick
Raymond Burr ... Mark Bristow
Regis Toomey ... Goddard
Michael Steele ... Jerry
Olin Howland ... Cook (as Olin Howlin)
John Berkes ... Pianist
Dan White ... Pete
John Kellogg ... Ben
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Storyline

Dick Powell stars as Haven, an army undercover 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 in her organization biding his time and gathering evidence against the gorgeous crime boss. Cast as a philosophical hotel keeper, Burl Ives is afforded the opportunity to sing a a ballad. Written by R. Alberts

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Taglines:

DICK POWELL,SECRET AGENT; JANE GREER, MENACE;THEIR HOSTILE URGES MAKE FOR DYNAMIC DRAMA! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peor que el hombre See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO borrowed Burl Ives from Twentieth Century-Fox for this picture. See more »

Goofs

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 walks up to the table where Charlie and Prince are seated]
John Haven: [to Prince, whom he previously encountered at the dice table] You know, you look much better at this table.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': And you must like to pick fights.
John Haven: Only with second lieutenants.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': We like second lieutenants here. You see, here everybody fights except the army.
John Haven: I wouldn't know.
Charlene - aka 'Charlie': So, anyone who doesn't like the army...
John Haven: I know what you mean. But I'm afraid I'll have to come back. You see, I like the way you sing.
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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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Criminally Overlooked
10 December 1999 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

This excellent Western is really a tough film noir cleverly set in the Old West. The dialogue is sublime, so razor sharp that the actors probably had to bandage their hands after reading the script. And there are interesting little details as well; for instance, the way Dick Powell condescendingly pats attractive women on the arm (the way you might a pet) to let them know who's really in control. (Or so he'd like to think.) Toss in a first rate supporting cast that includes Raymond Burr, Burl Ives, and Agnes Moorehead - all generously given their scenes to shine - and you've got one heck of a movie.

On the surface, Dick Powell, as the undercover military officer trying to solve a series of gold robberies, is an unlikely leading man. He's more commanding here than many square-jawed actors, and when the film is over it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role.

This is one of those extremely satisfying movies where nothing seems forced or labored. It has that effortless fluidity and clearness of purpose that makes it just as entertaining today as I'm sure it was 50 years ago.


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