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Union Station (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1951 (Chile)
A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police helps them in their search for a ruthless gang who have kidnapped a blind heiress.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Thomas Walsh (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Lt. William Calhoun
Nancy Olson ... Joyce Willecombe
Barry Fitzgerald ... Inspector Donnelly
Lyle Bettger ... Joe Beacom
Jan Sterling ... Marge Wrighter
Allene Roberts ... Lorna Murchison
Herbert Heyes ... Henry L. Murchison
Don Dunning Don Dunning ... Gus Hadder
Fred Graff Fred Graff ... Vince Marley
James Seay ... Detective Eddie Shattuck
Parley Baer ... Detective Gottschalk (as Parley E. Baer)
Ralph Sanford ... Detective Fay
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Detective George Stein
Bigelow Sayre Bigelow Sayre ... Detective Ross
Charles Dayton Charles Dayton ... Howard Kettner
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Storyline

Secretary Joyce Willecombe grows suspicious of two men boarding her train and is referred to 'Tough Willy' Calhoun, head of the Union Station police. The all-seeing, no-nonsense Calhoun is initially skeptical, but the men (who escape) prove to be involved in a kidnap case. Calhoun calls in equally tough police Inspector Donnelly, but the ruthless kidnapper's precision planning stays one jump ahead of them. Most of the action centers around bustling Union Station. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Manhattan Madness See more »

Filming Locations:

Saugus, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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John Lund and Alan Ladd were both sought for the role of Lt. William Calhoun, before it was given to William Holden. See more »

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When Joe Beacom peeks out of the 'Scenic Route' sign before trying to collect the ransom, a black board is moved alongside the camera and can be seen just before we see Joe inside the sign. See more »

Quotes

Lorna Murchison: You will let my father go, won't you?
Joe Beacom: [Flippantly] Why should I hurt the old boy or you, Cookie? I don't bit the hand that feeds me a hundred grand.
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A Very Good, Unknown Film Noir
8 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a bit of a sleeper, better than I thought and not a well-known film to begin with, since it never came out on VHS. William Holden and Nancy Olson both worked on Sunset Boulevard this same year this was released and here are together again. Actually, I like the two a lot better in this film than the much better- known 'Boulevard.'

Yes, some of the scenes are a bit dumb but the story moves well and keeps your interest which is what a good crime story-drama should do. For some reason, I really enjoyed the train station, too. It looked awesome.

Hopefully, some day this movie will be part of a film-noir package on DVD.


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