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5.0 out of 5 stars Station West (1939)
I Was 3 yrs of age when this film was released. I heard about it upon the release of it on DVD in th UK,and had to have it' 7O YRS LATER!!! What a great script and great acting. I recieved this film in 4 days. I have seen it 3 times since getting i on 9 Feb 2012. Thank you for releasing another great western. Robert WARREN, Melbourne, Australia.
Published on 21 April 2012 by Robert Warren

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3.0 out of 5 stars Noir western detective
Which just about sums it up. Dick Powell plays an army detective sent undercover to investigate the deaths of two soldiers who were escorting a gold shipment. Considering this is a western and not his usual territory Powell does a pretty good job of it, playing it just like Dick Powell PI, all laid back and laconic, firing off more sharp one liners than bullets...
Published on 5 Sep 2008 by Mr. S. Crook


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Station West (1939), 21 April 2012
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Robert Warren (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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I Was 3 yrs of age when this film was released. I heard about it upon the release of it on DVD in th UK,and had to have it' 7O YRS LATER!!! What a great script and great acting. I recieved this film in 4 days. I have seen it 3 times since getting i on 9 Feb 2012. Thank you for releasing another great western. Robert WARREN, Melbourne, Australia.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Noir western detective, 5 Sep 2008
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Mr. S. Crook (Way out west) - See all my reviews
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Which just about sums it up. Dick Powell plays an army detective sent undercover to investigate the deaths of two soldiers who were escorting a gold shipment. Considering this is a western and not his usual territory Powell does a pretty good job of it, playing it just like Dick Powell PI, all laid back and laconic, firing off more sharp one liners than bullets.

The acting from the rest of the cast isn't bad, with appearances from Burl Ives, Raymond Burr (playing - shock horror - a lawyer) and Agnes Moorehead before she started making life miserable for her muggles son in law.

The plots not bad if tad predictable, but all in all it's a pleasant way to spend 90 mins (but not at the £18 currently being charged :-))
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4.0 out of 5 stars mystery, 18 Nov 2013
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A mystery in a western setting. A quite unusual but interesting departure from the usual type of western storyline especially with urban dick powell in the leadrole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stranger in Rock Pass., 3 Nov 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Station West [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
Station West is directed by Sidney Lanfield and adapted to screenplay by Frank Fenton and Winston Miller from the novel written by Luke Short. It stars Dick Powell, Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead, Raymond Burr, Tom Powers, Guinn Williams, Gordon Oliver and Burl Ives. Music is by Heinz Roemheld and cinematography by Harry J. Wild.

Powell plays an undercover army agent sent into Rock Pass to find out who robbed and murdered two soldiers who were guarding a gold shipment.

There has always - and always will be - debates about what constitutes film noir, but undoubtedly it is a line of film making that positively thrives on a style that cloaks a number of characterisations. Thus we have the many off-shoots of film noir, such as the Noir Western. Noir Westerns in all actuality don't number more than 20, and even some of those that get put forward are tenuous additions. Where the likes of Pursued, Ramrod and Blood on the Moon are confidently held up as the leading lights of Noir Westerns, it actually pays to look towards a rarer picture like Raton Pass or this here under seen treasure, Station West, for unseen sub-noir rewards.

Station West has it all so as to earn its noir badge. It's got Powell doing a Western version of Phillip Marlowe, complete with swagger, sarcasm and the ability to nonchalantly smile in the face of peril. Then there's Greer, fresh from Out of the Past the previous year, Greer is in full tilt femme fatale mode, marrying up her hard beauty with feminist strength. Both Powell and Greer are wonderful, their respective characters constantly jostling for domination, trading quips and glib asides, the sexual tension consistently palpable.

The town of Rock Pass is in the process of booming, but with that comes corruption, and it is rife, with unlikely sources pulling the crooked strings. Greed and betrayal are words that hover over the intelligent screenplay, even as the script snaps with delightful one liners and sarcastic wit, there's a moody ambiance snuggling on up with the fun side of things, these bed fellows are meant to be. While the man himself, Haven (Powell), has a reputation for not towing the party line, he's clearly in the right place then!

Filmed out of beautiful Sedona in Arizona, Harry Wild's photography is gorgeous for the exterior locations (those rock formations are just visual orgasms), and film noir nirvana for everything else as he brings expressionistic touches to all the key sequences. In the support acting ranks we have Burr as a twitchy lawyer, Moorehead as a stoic wealthy widow, Williams as bad boy muscle, Oliver as the smarm, Powers as the grumpy un-cooperative army captain and Ives as a hotel clerk - cum - balladeer who has a morbid hobby on the side. All of them contribute good characterisations.

I can't say that Roemheld's score is particularly memorable, and a big fist-fight between Williams and Powell is ferocious but tainted by the over dramatics that were indicative of the time, but from begining to sombre end this is a cracker and it deserves to be better known and loved. 9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars DARK BUT ENTERTAINING NOIR WESTERN, 24 Dec 2013
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Dick Powell gives a wonderfully droll performance in this 'Film Noir' Western, and Jane Greer was a discovery for me, No token 'dame' here, but a superb actress whose stunning looks belied her talent. The story gets a bit complicated, especially towards the end, but who cares. Very pacey, and the one-liners just keep coming. Burl Ives gives a good performance too, and sings the background song in his usual heart rending fashion. Raymond Burr is somewhat wasted in a small supporting role, but he had bigger things to come, particularly the seminal Perry Mason TV series, which used his understated but authoritative style to great effect.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Can't Grow Old Around Women and Gold!, 22 July 2014
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Station West [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
“Station West” is an unusual and fascinating western for a number of reasons. It was directed by Sidney Lanfield who made few excursions into the genre. He is perhaps best remembered for his first teaming of Basil Rathbone and the immensely likeable Nigel Bruce in the definitive 1939 version of “Hound of the Baskervilles”. This may also explain the unusual casting of Dick Powell in a very rare western role. Given that the character he plays has more in common with a Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe private dick than your average westerner, it is in fact sensible casting. Powell had already played Marlowe in “Farewell My Lovely”! The casting of Burl Ives was also inspired as a clerk/balladeer who entertainingly sings his way through the mayhem with his distinctive voice. Particularly memorable was “A Man Can’t Grow Old”, especially around women and gold! How true! Most memorable of all is the films crisp, wisecracking dialogue, especially between Powell and villainess Jane Greer. At one stage she asks him “Is there anything you wouldn’t do for Gold”. His razor sharp reply is “Anything except hang”. There are many such rat a tat tat exchanges that drive the film along.

In this black and white film Dick Powell plays Haven a military intelligence officer incognito investigating the deaths of two soldiers guarding a gold shipment. Suspicion falls on beautiful saloon owner Charlie, who Powell finds himself falling for. Someone is in for a fall! Based on a novel by Luke Short who also provided the stories for those two fine westerns “Ramrod” and “Blood on the Moon”, the screenplay was brilliantly adapted by Frank Fenton and Winston Miller, who deservedly received recognition from the Writers Guild of America who awarded it Best Written American Western for 1949. I would go a step further and say it is one of the best scripts ever written for a western! The film has a cannily picked cast with the redoubtable Agnes Moorhead a leading light. Jane Greer simmers seductively as a sort of sultry western Lauren Bacall, which she does very effectively! Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams is the very heavy heavy. For a film made so many years ago it still manages to surprise in both style and entertainment. This is about as far from your average oater as it is possible to get. For originality and brightening my evening it has to be worth five stars. Well worth adding to the western collection! One of the best more recent western releases!
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