Directed by Sidney Lanfield
USA 1948

Sometime prior to his musical endowments took over Dick Powell did some fine Film Noir work, but the western "Station West" stands out as an unusual blend of the 'black cinema' style and the cowboy genre. Powell never easily succumbs to the spurred tough guy role - it takes a healthy fist fight for us to eventually buy-in. Noir notable Jane Greer as the femme fatale gives another sterling performance and Frank Fenton's snappy dialogue really adds to this fast-paced and complex story. Harry J. Wild's cinematography is another desirable plus. Basic premise is gold and the flux of small town power illegally controlling its movement out of town. Powell comes in as an undercover military investigator and swiftly establishes a reputation as a trouble-maker. Lots of thriller/catch-the-bad-guy atmosphere and it is definitely worth adding to any collection. Raymond Burr gets a precursor taste of his role as Perry Mason, by playing a lawyer. A memorable piece that comes highly recommended!

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: September 1st, 1948

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DVD Review: Éditions Montparnasse - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution Éditions Montparnasse - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:19:30 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.54 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB French (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles French, None

Release Information:
Studio: Éditions Montparnasse

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction by Serge Bromberg (French only)

DVD Release Date: September 16th, 2003

Transparent Slim Case
Chapters: 12




NOTE: Ray has told us in email: "Am I correct that the DVD of STATION WEST you reviewed was 79 minutes? That's the reissue length (with re-shot 1:85 titles). The original film is 87 minutes. I have a 16mm print of the complete version. Lots of stuff with Burr and Moorehead missing from the reissue."

This image is relatively weak - only acceptable for tube viewing. It is non-progressive although the combing is very fine and mostly unnoticeable. There is a slight tinted haze over the image and some boosting has occurred. Grey-tones are not strong, but damage is minimal and sharpness is better than one might anticipate from a typical Montparnasse single layered transfer.

There are no extras save the standard mono-brow Bromberg's short introduction (in French).

This is a underrated film melding Noir and vintage western. It works very well and as it is not available in NTSC - making for a viable reason to pick this little number up.

Gary W. Tooze


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