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Passage West (1951)

 |  Western  |  July 1951 (USA)
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In 1863, having escaped from a rock-quarry prison in Salt Lake, six inmates led by convicted murderer Pete Black take over a small wagon train headed by preacher Jacob Karns. Tensions and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pete Black
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Jacob Karns
Arleen Whelan ...
Rose Billings
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Curly
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Myra Johnson
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Michael Karns
Richard Rober ...
Mike
Griff Barnett ...
Papa Emil Ludwig
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Rainbow
Mary Field ...
Miss Swingate
Richard Travis ...
Ben Johnson
Mary Beth Hughes ...
Nellie McBride
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Pop Brennan
Lillian Bronson ...
Mom Brennan
Ilka Grüning ...
Mama Ludwig (as Ilka Gruning)
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In 1863, having escaped from a rock-quarry prison in Salt Lake, six inmates led by convicted murderer Pete Black take over a small wagon train headed by preacher Jacob Karns. Tensions and hardships grow as the travelers continue to trek toward California across dry, desolate country. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Michael Karns: But Jacob, the grave isn't deep enough!
Ben Johnson: It's isn't just a rule of the church...it's the law of the open trails. Graves must be six feet deep and heaped with stones to protect it from wild animals. There must be a cross. I can't leave my son like this, Jacob!
Pete Black: All right, then stay here and bury him yourself!
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A very entertaining western.
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very entertaining western with great supporting cast to the stars. Ned Young and Lewis Foster (who also directed) wrote an interesting script and the outcome was quite enjoyable. Frank Faylen was great as a badman in a supporting role. John Payne, Dennis O'Keefe and Arlene Whelan performed well in the star roles. Payne leads a group of escaped convicts that take a religious group bound west as hostage, with the usual conflicts between the two factions as well as within each group rising out of the situation. Richard Rober, Dooley Wilson, Paul Fierro, Faylen, Payne and one other unidentified actors play the convicts very well; O'Keefe, Whelan, Peter Hansen, Mary Anderson, Richard Travis, Griff Barnett do well as the people taken hostage. A good fight scene between Payne and O'Keefe, and a touching scene with one of the women singing to a doll in a cradle after her baby dies add to the stories impact. Recommended.


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