Whispering Smith (1948)

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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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  • Alan Ladd and Murvyn Vye in Whispering Smith (1948)
  • Alan Ladd and Murvyn Vye in Whispering Smith (1948)
  • Alan Ladd in Whispering Smith (1948)
  • Alan Ladd and Frank Faylen in Whispering Smith (1948)
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  • Alan Ladd in Whispering Smith (1948)

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10 July 2003 | NewEnglandPat
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| Railroad western has fine work by Alan Ladd
One of Alan Ladd's first starring films is this entertaining detective western as a railroad investigator assigned to solve the mystery of a rash of train robberies. The detective investigates an old friend whose fine ranch and well-to-do lifestyle are not in accord with his workman's salary, which is the main plot angle. The picture is more of a mystery than a typical western and Ladd's inclination to underplay his scenes gives his character credibility. Ladd's deceptively easygoing portrayals in westerns made him one of the most popular actors of his time. Robert Preston is also good in a role that he seemed to relish, an ethically-compromised man who knew right from wrong but did the devil's work because he thought he could get away with it. Brenda Marshall is lovely as a married woman who still carries a torch for her one-time suitor. The cast is good, as is Ray Rennahan's camera work and Adolph Deutch's music accompaniment.

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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.


Quotes

Murray Sinclair: Smitty! Smitty, we were just talking about you. How are you anyhow?
Luke 'Whispering' Smith: Get away from me, ya big buffalo!
Bill Baggs: What have you been doing with yourself ?
Luke 'Whispering' Smith: Hello Baggy. Hi Cap. Well, doc. This is just like coming home.
Murray Sinclair: Come here, sweetheart, let me look at you. ...


Goofs

About 7 or 8 minutes into the movie Alan Ladd is reading a telegram that had been crumpled. Then it cuts to a slightly farther shot and everything is still in about the same position but now the telegram has not been crumpled.


Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish folk song
Lyrics written by Robert Burns in 1788
Sung by Demerast, Ladd, and Preston.

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