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Whistle Stop

Heavy melodrama, adapted from the Maritta M. Wolff novel of same title, is somber melodrama, vignetting a seamy side of life in a small town. Production and playing are excellent and the direction strong, although latter is given to occasional arty tone.

With:
George Raft Ava Gardner Victor McLaglen Tom Conway

Heavy melodrama, adapted from the Maritta M. Wolff novel of same title, is somber melodrama, vignetting a seamy side of life in a small town. Production and playing are excellent and the direction strong, although latter is given to occasional arty tone.

Characters are all little people and not very nice. Story opens with Ava Gardner returning to the whistle-stop town of Ashbury to renew her romance with the shiftless George Raft. Pair had broken off two years previous because he refused to change his habits. Pair fight continually, and romance is getting nowhere until a prosperous rival. Tom Conway, owner of the town’s hotel and saloon, starts to move in.

Under Leonide Moguy’s direction Raft does a capable job of the small-timer. Gardner displays her best work to date as the girl who must have her man. McLaglen hits top form as the not too bright bartender, and Conway is smooth as the heavy. Score is an aid in projecting the somber mood.

Whistle Stop

Production: United Artists. Director Leonide Moguy; Producer Seymour Nebenzal; Screenplay Philip Yordan; Camera Russell Metty; Editor Gregg Tallas; Music Dimitri Tiomkin; Art Director Rudi Feld

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: George Raft Ava Gardner Victor McLaglen Tom Conway

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