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(1950)

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7/10
A Solid Western
Art La Cues17 February 2002
Dynamite Pass is an enjoyable western. Although like all "B " westerns it had less than a substantial budget, it enjoys a good cast, storyline, and scenery. Whether starring in an "A" or "B" feature, the presence of Tim Holt usually guaranteed a worthwhile viewing experience. He had screen presence that is sadly lacking in most actors today.
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8/10
Better than you might think.
gordonl5625 October 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Tim Holt headlines this RKO low-renter from 1950. This one has Holt and partner, Rick Martin helping out a couple, Lynne Roberts and Regis Toomey. The couple are trying to build a road through the mountains to a small town.

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.
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6/10
Complete Cahoots
bkoganbing27 October 2013
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It's engineer Regis Toomey and his wife Lynne Roberts who are in need of a lot of help in constructing a new road and they get it from those two gallant knights of the plains, Tim Holt and Richard Martin. Toomey's drinking and suspicions about his wife's faithfulness isn't helping to get the job done.

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.
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8/10
One of the Good Ones
alan-pratt15 April 2015
I always think it ironic that some of the very best B westerns come from the period when they were finally on the way out, i.e.1950 onwards.

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........
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Solid Matinée Western
dougdoepke21 June 2017
Solid matinée western. Nothing like a barroom brawl to open the proceedings as the fists fly. The first part is action filled making good use of the Alabama Hills rock spires. Fortunately RKO popped for a lot of footage from that Neolithic scenery, the Sierras in the background. That's a good thing about many matinees—there's always natural wonders to compensate. Seems Ross and Chito set out to help build a public road through a hilly pass, instead of the toll road that baddie Dehner is strangling the town with. Trouble is Dehner has secret allies in town the cause problems for our guys. Catch Lynn Roberts as Mary who's anything but feminine adornment. She shoots a gun and gives orders as well as any man. And that's Cleo Moore as the cheeky blonde. She went on to star in a number of sleezy Hugo Haas films as a busty trollop. Note too the many familiar faces from the era in supporting roles, Pyle, Elliott, et.al. And catch the very last line that's between Mary and her husband. It's unusual for an oater of this type. Anyway, lots of hard riding, flying fists, and fast guns, enough to keep this front row geezer happy. And likely, you too.
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5/10
Indiscernible, though study, Tim Holt western vehicle
a_chinn21 June 2017
Tim Holt plays Ross Taylor (not Tim Holt) and Richard Martin returns as his loyal companion Chito Rafferty for another indiscernible Holt western vehicle. Like most of Holt's corny low budget westerns, he's far too good of an actor for these pictures, which are a stones throw away from being an episode of The Cisco Kid or The Lone Ranger, with the plot revolving around feuding factions over the creating of a new road. Shootouts, barroom brawls, and chases on horseback ensue. Still, I'm fascinated by Holt, who has some staggeringly good performances in films like "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The Magnificent Ambersons" and could easily have had a career making prestige pictures, but instead chose a career as a B-picture western star (although maybe this was he more lucrative choice of the two, which I certainly couldn't fault him for).
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