Union Station

Union Station

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Blu-ray version.
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A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police leads to the kidnapping of a blind heiress by a ruthless thug.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: [Chicago] : Olive Films, 2014.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Union
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm

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Set in and around NYC's big, bustling Union Station, this no-frills,1950, Crime/Thriller played, in many ways, just like a B-Movie.

Two of this film's biggest assets were William Holden playing the cool, tough cop, Lt. Calhoun, and Lyle Bettger playing the vicious, sadistic criminal mastermind, Joe Beacom.

Alerted by an observant passenger that there's 2 suspicious looking men carrying guns on the train, Calhoun and his boys waste no time in rounding up a whole gang of scuzzy bad guys who are all behind a $100,000 kidnapping caper that eventually sends all of the action down into Union Station's underground tunnels where the chase really gets underway.

Filmed in b&w, Union Station is a fast-paced, shoot-em-up Crime/Drama that has a running time of only 80 minutes.

nfentonn Nov 07, 2014

Good for a 1950's detective movie.
Would have made a passable 21st century one. Barry Fitz and Holden as well as Nancy Olson always good.

btmslt Oct 08, 2013

A somewhat entertaining thriller.

voisjoe1 Jul 26, 2012

William Holden plays a police inspector working at Union Station and begins an investigation of a couple of suspicious characters that were spotted on a train. This is an entertaining police procedural film that was released about the same time as the more famous Sunset Blvd. and Born Yesterday. Soon to come would be Picnic and Stalag 17, two more truly great Holden films.

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Janice21383
Aug 09, 2011

Possibly the only crime drama where someone dies in a cattle stampede -- in New York, yet. Union Station is listed as a noir, but I dunno. There's not enough conflict in the hearts of the protagonists. I guess the cool, resigned attitude toward brutality -- both criminal and police -- is noir. Notable for Nancy Olson's bright, Grace Kelly-ish heroine. In our time, she would be a police officer. Here, she makes do with initiative and sarcasm. William Holden is handsome.

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