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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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A STRANGER IN TOWN...WHERE STRANGERS WEREN'T WELCOME!...and he found out a gal double-crossed is Deadly as Poison! See more »


Certificate:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The novel by Luke Short, upon which this film is based, was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post from October 19 to November 30, 1946. RKO purchased the film rights for $20,000. 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 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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Philip Marlow Goes West
28 July 2013 | by dogwater-1See all my reviews

Sidney Lanfield was one of those very competent, but unsung directors who knew what they were about and could make a good western. The plot gets a bit tangled here and there; its an oater with a Raymond Chandler style wisecracking detective, but with boots on. And who better than Dick Powell to out-sass the bad guys. The young Jane Greer somehow pulls off a world-weary saloon owner named "Charlie". She was always astonishing and for 1947 runs circles around all the male characters including Powell. There's a good, well-staged fist fight between Powell and Guinn Williams, some Arizona landscapes worthy of John Ford and the uncredited Burl Ives as a sort of chorus to the action and philosophical hotel keeper. Olin Howland shows up as a cook with attitude. Raymond Burr as a craven lawyer and Regis Toomey makes his required appearance. Also, Agnes Moorhead as a nice lady for a change. A western with a twist. You almost expect the dudes in the saloon to be drinking martini's.


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