Union Station (1950)

Genres - Crime, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Crime Thriller, Film Noir  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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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rescue, accomplice [criminal], blindness [physical], chase, escape, gangster, girl, handicap, kidnapping, loot, police, railroad, railroad-station, ransom, slice-of-life, terminal [station], train [locomotive], train-station, victim, villain