Union Station (1950)





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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 Graff
as Vince Marley
Fred Graham
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
George Lynn
as Moreno
Richard Barron
as Halloran
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
Byron Foulger
as Horace
Edgar Dearing
as Detective
Al Ferguson
as Detective
Thomas E. Jackson
as Detective
Howard Mitchell
as Detective
Sumner Getchell
as Police Car Driver
Robert Easton
as Cowboy
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
John Crawford
as Hackett
Gil Warren
as Doctor
Eric Alden
as Doctor
Jack Gargan
as Police Stenographer
Bill Meader
as Projectionist
Hans Moebus
as Charles
Jack Roberts
as Freddie
Mike Pat Donovan
as Watchman
Fred Zendar
as Clerk
June Earle
as Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Union Station

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An exciting kidnapping story despite the routine plot.

Full Review… | December 23, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Union Station

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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Someone's kidnapped the blind daughter of a wealthy tycoon and the L.A.P.D. is hot on their trail. William Holden and Nancy Olson are united once again (see also Sunset Boulevard) in this crime drama set mainly in L.A.'s Union Train Station.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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