Union Station

Overview

Union Station is a tense crime thriller in the tradition of The Naked City that unfolds in Los Angeles. William Holden plays railroad worker Lt. William Calhoun. Calhoun goes into action when Lorna Murchison Allene Roberts, the sightless daughter of millionaire Henry Murchison Herbert Heyes, is kidnapped by ruthless Joe Beacon Lyle Bettger. The abduction is witnessed by Joyce Willecombe Nancy Olson, Murchison's secretary. Using the handful of clues provided by Joyce, Calhoun and his associate, Inspector Donnelly ...
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Overview

Union Station is a tense crime thriller in the tradition of The Naked City that unfolds in Los Angeles. William Holden plays railroad worker Lt. William Calhoun. Calhoun goes into action when Lorna Murchison Allene Roberts, the sightless daughter of millionaire Henry Murchison Herbert Heyes, is kidnapped by ruthless Joe Beacon Lyle Bettger. The abduction is witnessed by Joyce Willecombe Nancy Olson, Murchison's secretary. Using the handful of clues provided by Joyce, Calhoun and his associate, Inspector Donnelly Barry Fitzgerald do their best to second-guess the kidnapper. The film's most harrowing scene finds Beacon abandoning the blind and helpless Lorna in a deserted car barn in the deepest recesses of the titular station. Jan Sterling co-stars as Marge, Beacon's conscience-stricken moll. Former cinematographer Rudolph Mate does a nice, neat job as director, seamlessly matching location shots with studio mockups.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Union Station's screenplay keeps it from being a top notch police thriller, it's still an engrossing and suspenseful nail biter. The problem is the plot, which is fairly routine and which depends upon both sloppy police work and some coincidences that stretch credulity a bit too far. Having said that, Station is also fascinating and hard to tear yourself away from, even if you occasionally wince at some of its twists and turns. One of the most interesting things about Station is its stark viciousness. The villains, as might be expected, are ruthless and cruel (especially lead villain Lyle Bettger); but the police, while on the side of the "angels," can be every bit as ruthless and cynical. Director Rudolph Mate enjoys playing with this fact, creating a hard-as-steel picture that doesn't bother to question the morality involved but simply presents it as a fact and lets the viewer decide what he thinks of it. Mate does an excellent job throughout, but he truly shines in the big setpieces, such as the stockyard scene and the climactic electrified tunnel sequence. William Holden is in top form, bringing dimension to a role that could be one-note, and Nancy Olson is great as the voice of sanity and emotion. Despite its flaws, Station deserves to be seen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • UPC: 887090025607
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Academy Aperture (1.37:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,490

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Lt. William Calhoun
Nancy Olson Joyce Willecombe
Barry Fitzgerald Inspector Donnelly
Lyle Bettger Joe Beacom
Jan Sterling Marge Wrighter
Allene Roberts Lorna Murchison
Herbert Heyes Henry Murchison
Don Dunning Gus Hadder
Fred Graff Vince Marley
James Seay Det. Eddie Shattuck
Parley Baer Detective Gottschalk
Ralph Sanford Detective Fay
Richard Karlan Detective George Stein
Bigelow Sayre Detective Ross
Charles Dayton Howard Kettner
Jean Ruth Pretty Girl
Paul Lees Young Man Masher
Harry Hayden Conductor Skelly
Eric Alden Doctor
Trevor Bardette Patrolman
Richard Barron Halloran
Ralph Byrd Priest
Robert Cornthwaite Orderly
John Crawford Hackett
Isabel Cushin Clerk
Edgar Dearing Detective
Mike Pat Donovan Watchman
Bob Easton Hayseed
Laura Elliot Clerk
Dick Elliott Employee
Edith Evanson Mrs. Willecombe
Al Ferguson Detective
Byron Foulger Horace
Gerry Ganzer Clerk
Jack Gargan Police Stenographer
Sumner Getchell Police Car Driver
Charmienne Harker Clerk
Bob Hoffman Messenger
Thomas E. Jackson Detective
Jerry James Con man
Barbara Knudson Clerk
George Lynn Moreno
Mike Mahoney Patrolman
Bill Meader Projectionist
Howard Mitchell Detective
Hans Moebus Charlie the chauffeur
Ralph Montgomery Con man
Howard Negley Conductor
Joe Recht Messenger
Jack Roberts Freddie
Charles Sherlock Doctor
Queenie Smith Landlady
Douglas Spencer Stationmaster
Bernard Szold Counterman
Joe Warfield Manny
Gil Warren Doctor
Robert Wood Patrolman
Clifton Young Ambulance Driver
Fred Zendar
Technical Credits
Rudolph Maté Director
Sydney Boehm Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Mary Kay Dodson Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Hugo Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Jules Schermer Producer
Irvin Talbot Musical Direction/Supervision
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Union Station
1. Opening [11:12]
2. Kidnapped! [6:18]
3. The Tail [12:02]
4. Telegram [10:21]
5. Interrogation [10:13]
6. Wrong Place, Wrong Time" [8:05]
7. Underground [12:19]
8. Chase [10:31]
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