Union Station


Union Station

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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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William Holden
as Lt. William Calhoun
Nancy Olson
as Joyce Willecombe
Barry Fitzgerald
as Inspector Donnelly
Jan Sterling
as Marge Wrighter
Lyle Bettger
as Joe Beacom
Allene Roberts
as Lorna Murcall
Herbert Heyes
as Henry Murcall
Don Dunning
as Gus Hadder
Fred Graham
as Vince Marley
Fred Graff
as Vince Marley
James Seay
as Detective Shattuck
Parley Baer
as Detective Gottschalk
Ralph Sanford
as Detective Fay
Richard Karlan
as Detective George Stein
Bigelow Sayre
as Detective Ross
Charles Dayton
as Howard Kettner
Jean Ruth
as Pretty Girl
Paul Lees
as Young Man Masher
Harry Hayden
as Conductor Skelly
Ralph Byrd
as Priest
Edith Evanson
as Mrs. Willecombe
Queenie Smith
as Landlady
Trevor Bardette
as Patrolman
Robert Wood
as Patrolman
Mike Mahoney
as Patrolman
Clifton Young
as Ambulance Driver
Freddie Zendar
as Ambulance Driver
Howard Negley
as Conductor
Dick Elliott
as Employee
Douglas Spencer
as Stationmaster
Edgar Dearing
as Detective
Al Ferguson
as Detective
Howard Mitchell
as Detective
Sumner Getchell
as Police Car Driver
Bob Hoffman
as Messenger
Bob Easton
as Hayseed
Ralph Montgomery
as City Slicker
Jerry James
as City Slicker
Bernard Szold
as Counterman
Joe Recht
as Messenger
Gil Warren
as Doctor
Eric Alden
as Doctor
Jack Gargan
as Police Stenographer
William Meader
as Projectionist
Hans Moebus
as Charles
Jack Roberts
as Freddie
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Critic Reviews for Union Station

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Audience Reviews for Union Station

  • Mar 11, 2013
    Watched this one on Netflix Stream, a awesome movie about a kidnapping. Supposed to be on Long Island, Had towns Westhampton, Freeport, Riverview, gave the impression of NYC crime, whole film was actually made in California. This is awesome film noir at its best, a blind girl is kidnapped and a ransom must be made. Will keep you on the edge of your seat. 5 stars. 3-10-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2012
    requiring a big dose of suspension of disbelief from the get go but, that aside, a very good low budget thriller. nice pairing of young william holden and nancy olson in the same year they did 'sunset blvd'. funny to see barry fitzgerald as the police inspector threatening suspects and telling his men, 'make it look accidental'
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    In the world of thrillers, "Union Station" is just about as routine as it gets. Its plot contains a handful of predictable scenes that lead to an expected conclusion and its characters exist for the sole purpose of moving the story from beginning to end. But as textbook as it is, "Union Station" is forgettable and unambitious in an enjoyable way. It's a good hour and twenty-something minutes of mindless escapism that never feels like a waste of time. It's well-paced and remarkably shot, and William Holden makes a formidable hero. "Union Station" doesn't have classic status, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth your time.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2010
    Solid crime drama with excellent cast. Holden and Nancy Olson play well off each other and Lyle Bettger oozed slime like few others, on top of that there's Barry Fitzgerals as the wizened chief of police. Some of the procedures are a bit quaint now but taking into account when it was made an entertaining little programmer all in all.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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