Union Station (1950)

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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.


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  • William Holden and Nancy Olson in Union Station (1950)
  • Nancy Olson in Union Station (1950)
  • William Holden and Nancy Olson in Union Station (1950)
  • Lyle Bettger in Union Station (1950)
  • Nancy Olson and Allene Roberts in Union Station (1950)
  • Nancy Olson and Allene Roberts in Union Station (1950)

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Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Thomas Walsh (story)

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8 July 2007 | bkoganbing
7
| The Psycho/Phantom of Union Station
Union Station is the locale of a kidnapping and in its labyrinth of tunnels that bare no accidental resemblance to the catacombs of Rome, the victim, Allene Roberts, is snatched and held captive by Lyle Bettger.

Allene is the blind daughter of wealthy industrialist Herbert Hayes and since the crime happened on railroad property William Holden as the chief railroad detective has the case. Of course the LAPD is brought in in the person of Barry Fitzgerald.

Holden is alerted to the kidnap by Nancy Olson who is traveling with Roberts. She's Hayes's secretary, but Bettger eludes them. It's a race against time to apprehend him before a payoff is made.

This was Lyle Bettger's third film and the one where he first got notice. During his career, Mr. Bettger played some of the loveliest psychotics ever put on film. This one is one of his best and in his little hideaway where he keeps the terrified Ms. Roberts, Bettger bares no small resemblance to the Phantom of the Opera. Bettger really steals the film from the good guy stars.

Union Station is one tightly constructed film with not a second of wasted footage in it. I wish it were out on VHS or DVD. Don't miss it if TCM ever broadcasts it.

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