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There's a thousand unpleasant things about running a dump like this, but there's one pleasant thing. I can keep out anybody I want to. That's a description of you. Now find somewhere else to pretend you're a big, bad gunfighter with a gun slung down low.
[Bob tries to draw his pistol, but Mike takes it away from him]
Keep on chasin' drunken cowboys or slow movin' miners, 'cause you're just not very fast. Now get going before I have one of the smaller waiters throw you out.
I'll kill ...
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This was a step above most low budget "Pulp Westerns" It is surprisingly well written for this type of Western. Joseph Kane's directing shows a genuine command for the western. James Edward Grant successfully weaves a yarn that is a good mix of action and character banter, Forest Tucker stars and is Very believable as the handsome leading Man, Mike Prescott. Jim Davis is wooden as Linc" Corey especially during the scene where he woos Adele Mara's Bess. Davis is a very believable and effective villain. He's much more at ease in the saddle and in the action scenes. Charles Kemper as the humorous Sheriff Willy steals the movie. He was very an effective foil to some of the violence good comic relief. All in all California Passage was nice ride into the Old West.
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