Dynamite Pass (1950)
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The only way in now is a toll road ran by John Dehner. Dehner and his gunmen charge a outrageous amount for people to move their goods to the town. Holt and Martin hire on to help.
Needless to say bad types in Denher's employ are not shy in the six-gun area. Multiple gun-battles and horse chases keep the action going at a speedy pace.
Denher's lead gunman, Denver Pyle is particularly good here. This 61 minute quickie was knocked off by b-film veteran, Lew Landers. The prolific Lander was know to be able to crank out a dozen features a year.
The d of p was Nicholas Musuraca. Me worked on some of the best FILM NOIR put out by RKO He lensed the iconic film noir, OUT OF THE PAST. His other work includes, ROADBLOCK, WHERE DANGER LIVES,CAT PEOPLE, GHOST SHIP, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, THE LOCKET, DEADLINE AT DAWN, WOMAN ON PIER 13,BLOOD ON THE MOON, THE WHIPHAND, CLASH BY NIGHT, THE BLUE GARDENIA, THE HITCH-HIKER and SPILT SECOND.
Well worth a watch if you are in the mood for a lightweight western that punches like it is in a heavier division.
The local Ponderosa owner John Dehner has a road that everyone has to pay a heavy duty toll to use. Not good when you want to make a profit on your ranch cattle and farm products if you're a homesteader and Dehner's not squeamish about the methods he uses to collect and enforce.
Merchant Robert Shayne is supposed to be with the people who buy at his store, but he's in complete cahoots with Dehner and the two are not dumb villains. They give Holt and Martin a good run.
As you can guess by the title, dynamite plays a part in the climax of the film. Dynamite Pass is a good action filled Tim Holt western.
This is a particularly good series entry, not because it is especially different or unusual, but because all of the necessary ingredients are neatly balanced. The plot is uncomplicated but wholly adequate, the cast (including stalwarts Toomey, Dehner, Harvey, Haggerty and Pyle) is well above average, the action sequences are well handled and evenly distributed throughout the film's short (61 minutes) running length and, this being an RKO picture, everything looks just as it should be. This may have been considered a "throwaway" item in the eyes of the studio but budget and facilities were still way ahead of those of the "poverty row" outfits responsible for the production of so many B westerns throughout the years.
Tim Holt always came across in his movies as competent and likable: his performances were pleasantly understated. Sidekick, Richard Martin, was, I thought, a little on the dull side or, perhaps it would be fairer to say, the character he played was dull. There is, after all, only so much humour that can be squeezed from a long list of Mexican forenames and a penchant for pretty girls.
But that is a minor quibble........