Whistle Stop

  • 1946
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

A second-rate gangster film with a fine cast but no spark. Gardner is from a tank town. She's gone to the big city and come back with money in her purse and mink on her back. When she departed, she'd been having a torrid affair with low-life Raft, but he wouldn't change his lazy ways, so she left him. Now, she hopes he's learned his lesson and will give...read more

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A second-rate gangster film with a fine cast but no spark. Gardner is from a tank town. She's gone to the big city and come back with money in her purse and mink on her back. When she departed, she'd been having a torrid affair with low-life Raft, but he wouldn't change his lazy ways, so

she left him. Now, she hopes he's learned his lesson and will give up his card-playing, sleep-all-day existence. Time hasn't changed Raft, though, and he is still mired in his ways, so Gardner turns her attention to Conway, the local club owner who has the money and the time to lavish his

attentions on her. Raft can't bear the relationship Gardner is having with Conway, so he is easy fodder for McLaglen, Conway's former bartender. The two men conspire to ambush and kill Conway, but, when Gardner finds out what's in the offing, she prevails upon Raft to give up the idea and start

life anew. Now that Gardner has gone back to Raft, Conway becomes the heavy, and the hotel-saloon proprietor concocts a plan to eliminate both Raft and McLaglen. He plans a robbery of his own premises, kills his bouncer, and makes it look as though Raft and McLaglen are the murderers. The police

get to the scene of the crime, and there's a shootout during which Raft is slightly wounded. McLaglen and Raft race away to St. Louis where they lay low. Then McLaglen, who suspects that Conway was behind the robbery-murder, returns to the whistle-stop. McLaglen gets to the cafe owned by Conway,

there's a gun battle, and both men are killed. Raft is cleared, and Gardner leaves the town to join him in St. Louis where they will start life anew. One of three pictures directed in the US by Moguy, a Russian-born and French-educated filmmaker, this was not as good as his other two, PARIS AFTER

DARK and ACTION IN ARABIA. After the war, he went back to France and wound up running the film department of the International Red Cross. Silent screen star Carmel Myers, the daughter of a San Francisco rabbi and one of the many early movie stars of Jewish heritage, does a small role. She'd been

off the screen for more than a decade (except for a cameo in LADY FOR A NIGHT, 1941). Actress Jorja Curtwright had a brief career before marrying writer Sidney Sheldon. Although Gardner had appeared in several movies and was already divorced after a brief marriage to Mickey Rooney, this was the

film that gave her the opportunity to play in THE KILLERS and shoot to stardom.

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  • Review: A second-rate gangster film with a fine cast but no spark. Gardner is from a tank town. She's gone to the big city and come back with money in her purse and mink on her back. When she departed, she'd been having a torrid affair with low-life Raft, but he w… (more)

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