Rewatched Apr 06, 2012
Steve Grzesiak’s review:
Delightful little thriller which I was really excited to see again, probably as much as 12 years after I first saw it on Sky Movies Gold.
William Holden and Nancy Olson are paired up for one of their several on-screen partnerships as they hunt down the kidnapper(s) of a blind girl in and around the titular station. Lyle Bettger as the lead villain is a memorably nasty piece of work, not afraid to batter his way through women if they speak out of turn.
Perhaps its most memorable scene, though, is a terrific cat-and-mouse chase on and off New York elevated trains that would pre-date The French Connection by more than two decades - and ends in a manner that I doubt anyone could predict!
Holden is fine as ever, as is Olson, while Barry Fitzgerald contributes some particularly creditable support. Bettger is the most memorable character here, though, as mentioned above he is not afraid to give women a good slap if he reckons they need it and for its time his treatment of the women he encounters or is affiliated with is really quite brutal. He is a memorable villain and probably should have had many more roles like this.
Realism isn't its strong suit, but it's perfectly taut for almost its entire 80 minutes and it's well worth sifting through Netflix for.