WHISPERING SMITH (Leslie Fenton, 1948)

Alan Ladd, briefly though memorably appearing as a reporter in Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941), was not nearly so good in the crime melodramas which followed that developed his stardom. However, he is absolutely wonderful in Whispering Smith, playing the same (mostly) straight-down-the-track railroad detective—writer Frank H. Spearman’s creation—that H. B. Warner and George O’Brien, […]