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