Whistle Stop (1946)

84 mins | Melodrama | 25 January 1946

Director:

Leonide Moguy

Writer:

Philip Yordan

Producer:

Seymour Nebenzal

Cinematographer:

Russell Metty

Editor:

Gregg G. Tallas

Production Designer:

Rudi Feld

Production Company:

Nero Films, Inc.
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HISTORY

Contemporary sources note that Maritta Wolff's novel, which won the Avery Hopwood Memorial Prize, was on the Hays Office's "forbidden" list because in the novel, Kenny and Mary were siblings and Mary made her living as a prostitute. Nero Productions was formed expressly by producer Seymour Nebenzal, writer Philip Yordan and lawyer Herbert T. Silverberg to produce this film. It marked Jorja Curtright's film debut. Alan Ladd and Evelyn Keyes starred in a 15 Apr 1946 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the ... More Less

Contemporary sources note that Maritta Wolff's novel, which won the Avery Hopwood Memorial Prize, was on the Hays Office's "forbidden" list because in the novel, Kenny and Mary were siblings and Mary made her living as a prostitute. Nero Productions was formed expressly by producer Seymour Nebenzal, writer Philip Yordan and lawyer Herbert T. Silverberg to produce this film. It marked Jorja Curtright's film debut. Alan Ladd and Evelyn Keyes starred in a 15 Apr 1946 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Jan 1946.
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Daily Variety
28 Feb 1945.
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Daily Variety
7 Jan 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Jan 46
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 1945.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 45
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 45
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 46
p. 12, 19
Liberty
2 Feb 1946.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Dec 45
p. 2744.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Jan 46
p. 2793, 2795
New York Times
18 Mar 46
p. 24.
New Yorker
8 Jul 1945.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Wrt for the screen by, Wrt for the scr by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Assoc art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dressings
MUSIC
Orig score and mus dir
SOUND
Sd eff
Mus cutter
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Whistle Stop by Maritta Wolff (New York, 1941).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 January 1946
Production Date:
late June--early August 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Nero Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 January 1946
Copyright Number:
LP75
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11219
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Mary returns to Ashbury, the small town she left several years earlier, her first stop is the house she owns, where Molly Veech and her family now live. Before she left town, Mary was in love with Molly's son Kenny, a loafer and a drunk, but was driven away by his lack of ambition. Mary is disappointed to learn that Kenny still has no job and spends his nights gambling and drinking. That night at dinner, Kenny is angered when Mary receives a large bouquet of roses from Lew, the owner of the town's hotel and bar, and follows Mary to Lew's club when she goes there to thank him. As Lew buys Mary a drink, he is watched closely by Kenny and Fran, a waitress who has been dating Kenny. Later, when Kenny relieves his father, who works at the train station, he is visited by Gitlo, the bartender in Lew's club. Gitlo dislikes Lew and suggests that he and Kenny steal the proceeds from Lew's annual fair and then murder him. At first, Kenny rejects the idea, but when Mary announces that she is leaving town, he decides to go through with it in order to get her back. At the fair, Mary sees Gitlo slip a gun into Kenny's pocket, and already suspicious, contrives to detain Kenny until Lew leaves on the train. She then refuses to see Kenny again and moves to a hotel. Sometime later, after Lew and Kenny come to blows over her, Mary confesses that she loves Kenny despite his lack of ambition, and he promises to change. Kenny gets ... +


When Mary returns to Ashbury, the small town she left several years earlier, her first stop is the house she owns, where Molly Veech and her family now live. Before she left town, Mary was in love with Molly's son Kenny, a loafer and a drunk, but was driven away by his lack of ambition. Mary is disappointed to learn that Kenny still has no job and spends his nights gambling and drinking. That night at dinner, Kenny is angered when Mary receives a large bouquet of roses from Lew, the owner of the town's hotel and bar, and follows Mary to Lew's club when she goes there to thank him. As Lew buys Mary a drink, he is watched closely by Kenny and Fran, a waitress who has been dating Kenny. Later, when Kenny relieves his father, who works at the train station, he is visited by Gitlo, the bartender in Lew's club. Gitlo dislikes Lew and suggests that he and Kenny steal the proceeds from Lew's annual fair and then murder him. At first, Kenny rejects the idea, but when Mary announces that she is leaving town, he decides to go through with it in order to get her back. At the fair, Mary sees Gitlo slip a gun into Kenny's pocket, and already suspicious, contrives to detain Kenny until Lew leaves on the train. She then refuses to see Kenny again and moves to a hotel. Sometime later, after Lew and Kenny come to blows over her, Mary confesses that she loves Kenny despite his lack of ambition, and he promises to change. Kenny gets a job working for the railroad, pleasing Mary, but then a jealous Lew frames him and Gitlo for murder. Tipped off by Lew, Gitlo and Kenny are chased by the police, whose shots wound Kenny. Gitlo and Kenny eventually elude their pursuers and hop a train to Detroit. There, Gitlo leaves the injured Kenny with his old friend Estelle and returns to Ashbury. He tells Mary where Kenny is hiding and then goes looking for Lew. Lew shoots Gitlo, but before he dies, Gitlo strangles Lew and then tells the police that he framed Kenny. Meanwhile, Mary travels to Detroit to bring Kenny home. +

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