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Whispering Smith (1948)

Passed | | Western | 9 December 1948 (USA)
Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

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Leslie Fenton

Writers:

Frank Butler (screenplay), Karl Kamb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Whispering Smith
Robert Preston ... Murray Sinclair
Brenda Marshall ... Marian Sinclair
Donald Crisp ... Barney Rebstock
William Demarest ... Bill Dansing
Fay Holden ... Emmy Dansing
Murvyn Vye ... Blake Barton
Frank Faylen ... Whitey Du Sang
John Eldredge ... George McCloud
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Leroy Barton (as Robert Wood)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Bill Baggs
Will Wright ... Sheriff McSwiggin
Don Barclay ... Dr. Sawbuck
Eddy Waller ... Conductor (as Eddy C. Waller)
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Train Brakeman
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Storyline

Smith as an iron-willed railroad detective. When his friend Murray is fired from the railroad and begins helping Rebstock wreck trains, Smith must go after him. He also seems to have an interest in Murray's wife (and vice versa). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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LADD'S In the West...In Two-Gun Technicolor! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Por Um Fio See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. A popular local favorite, it was first telecast in Minneapolis Saturday 7 February 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), followed by Asheville 12 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Milwaukee 21 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Omaha 4 June 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Philadelphia Saturday 3 October 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Indianapolis 24 October 1959 on WFBM (Channel 6), by Toledo 2 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Seattle 4 November 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Chicago 20 November 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), and by Johnstown 9 December 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6). At this time, color broadcasting was still in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so all of these vintage film showings were still in B&W, with the exception of WFBM, which, as an NBC affiliate had already ventured into pioneer color broadcasting. Other viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. It was released on DVD 12 March 2013 as part of Universal's Classic Westerns Collection, and since that time, has also enjoyed airings on both Turner Classic Movies and the Western Channel. See more »

Goofs

When Luke Smith is pouring coffee for Bill Dansing in front of the Boarding House, one instant he is pouring coffee into Bill's cup and the next he is pouring coffee into his own cup. See more »

Quotes

Murray Sinclair: Barney heard you'd been shot up. He asked after ya.
Bill Dansing: Yeah, he seemed mighty disappointed when he heard you wasn't buried yet.
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Connections

Version of Whispering Smith (1926) See more »

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Laramie
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Ladd and Preston shine in this great old Western
7 January 2015 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1948, "Whispering Smith" stars Alan Ladd in the eponymous role of a train detective who's starts to suspect that his friend, Murray (Robert Preston) may be involved with a gang that wrecks and loots trains. Murray's wife, (Brenda Marshall), is concerned about her husband hanging with ne'er-do-wells and wishes she had a righteous man, like Smith.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed "Whispering Smith." It lacks that goofy humor and wacky characters that plague many old Westerns; plus the ancient score is more bearable than usual. Ladd is stunning as the noble and determined protagonist and so is Preston as the amiable husband gone bad. Can Murray be redeemed or has he gone too far?

The film runs 88 minutes and was shot in California.

GRADE: A-


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