Whispering Smith

Whispering Smith

Leslie Fenton (1948)

88min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Alan Ladd hit his peak during the 1940s, mainly in thrillers, with his slightly glacial good looks suitingnoir films such as This Gun for Hire. Towards the end of the decade he made this, his first starring western, which works more as a detective story with Ladd playing an undercover agent on the trail of train wreckers. It was his first film in colour, made just five years before he achieved immortality as Shane. The film is briskly handled by journeyman director Leslie Fenton, who brings the story to a rousing, shooting tooting climax. Ladd and co-stars Robert Preston and Frank Faylen play characters based on real western figures.

Summary

A government agent working on the railroad investigates a string of train robberies, and is stunned to discover one of the culprits is an old friend. The situation is complicated by the detective's feelings for the bandit's wife. Undemanding blend of detective mystery and Western action, starring Alan Ladd, Robert Preston and Brenda Marshall.

Cast & Crew

Luke "Whispering" Smith Alan Ladd
Murray Sinclair Robert Preston
Barney Rebstock Donald Crisp
Marian Sinclair Brenda Marshall
Bill Dansing William Demarest
Emmy Dansing Fay Holden
Blake Barton Murvyn Vye
Whitey Du Sang Frank Faylen
Director Leslie Fenton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd
Drama