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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 »

Company Credits

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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When bad guy Joe Beacom approaches the locked door to the tunnels, all four panes of glass in the door are intact. In the next shot, shot from *inside* the tunnels, one panel is broken, and Beacom reaches through that pane to open the door. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Donnelly: I'll break any man who takes his eyes off that suitcase.
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Stop with the Shrieking already!
6 January 2008 | by Jed from TorontoSee all my reviews

This film is really very good and full of suspense. A woman on a train notices strange behaviour from two men who have just boarded her train and the fact that one has a gun under his coat makes her decide to report to the train conductor. There follows a cliff-hanger of a movie involving a young, blind girl who has been kidnapped and will surely be killed by the psychotic kidnapper (Lyle Bettger) if she is not gotten to on time. There is only one jarring note - I don't think I am alone in wanting to strangle the blind girl every time she appears in the film. The director decided that she should shriek, scream and do a nails-scrapping-down-the-blackboard routine at every possible moment. This film merits more than the 7 I gave it for those who can overlook this irritating performance. Worth watching - you may want to keep the remote handy so that you can easily access the mute button.


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