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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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Trivia

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During the chase on the elevated train, portions of the background rear projection that can be seen through the windows of the train are reversed, flipped so that the lettering of signs is backwards. Probably this was done to match the interior angles in the train that had been filmed. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: [after Calhoun has left the office] Nothin's done right unless Tough Willy does it himself.
Lt. William Calhoun: [Calhoun has evidently heard the comment and angrily reenters, hands on hips and glaring] How long you been working here?
Policeman: [Timidly] Four weeks tomorrow, Lieutenant.
Lt. William Calhoun: You need twenty-five years before you're eligible for a pension...
[He takes a piece of fruit from the lunchbox on the desk]
Lt. William Calhoun: ... and you won't make it. Not if you ever call me Willy.
[He throws the fruit at the policeman and leaves]
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A tough thriller
28 April 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

This film reminded me of others from the late '40's up to 1950, of "D.O.A.", in some ways, with its tense realism. The cold, merciless criminal mastermind played by Lyle Bettger was a (considerably) more balanced version of the sinister characters portrayed by James Cagney in "White Heat" or Richard Widmark in "Kiss of Death".

This is an early police procedural, with the railway cops working closely with the New York City police. According to Leslie Halliwell, "Naked City" -- which I've somehow managed never to see -- is the prototype for all the films of this type. The style eventually became overfamiliar, and very diluted, on television with shows like "Dragnet". "Naked City" cast Barry Fitzgerald unexpectedly as the lead detective, and he repeats that role here.

The two principal stars of "Union Station" are William Holden and Nancy Olson, who also co-starred in "Sunset Boulevard" this same year, 1950. Nancy plays Bill's conscience, constantly concerned that the interests of the kidnap victim don't get overlooked in the hunt for the criminals.

Holden is quite good -- he really started to come into his own at this time -- indicating more depth than was strictly required for the stalwart hero in a crime story. Bettger shows calculated menace. The two make worthy opponents.


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