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Desert Passage (1952)

Approved | | Western | 30 May 1952 (USA)
Recent parolee John Carver returns to town to collect his hidden stolen money and hires stagecoach line owners Tim Holt and Chito Rafferty to take him to Mexico. The pair soon find they may... See full summary »





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Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt
Joan Dixon ...
Emily Bryce
John Carver
Dorothy Patrick ...
Roxie Van Zell
Dave Warwick
Michael Mark ...
Pop Burley
Richard Martin ...


Recent parolee John Carver returns to town to collect his hidden stolen money and hires stagecoach line owners Tim Holt and Chito Rafferty to take him to Mexico. The pair soon find they may have taken on more than they bargained for as it seems everyone Carver ever knew is out for the money and will stop at nothing to get it. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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$100,000 IN STOLEN CASH - AND FIVE MEN TO FIGHT! Tim and Chito's tightest squeeze, as stage-line pals, move in on the side of a pretty girl worth all the fight! See more »




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Release Date:

30 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Starlight Canyon  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the very last of Tim Holt's RKO B Westerns. Fittingly it was directed by Lesley Selander, one the best and most prolific B western directors, and of course,co-starred Richard Martin as Chito Rafferty, Tim's long time sidekick. See more »

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Competent time filler
8 June 2014 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This was Tim Holt playing the boss of his own nitwit stagecoach line, along with Richard Martin playing Chito Rafferty for the last time – apparently this was his 33rd outing. By now Holt was even chunkier but still looked the part runnin' jumpin' an' shootin', and looked relevant to the plot of yet another competent b western movie. He was only about 33 years old at the time but retired from films after this – the end of the gravy trail.

About to sell his and Chito's business they save the life and continue to protect a mysterious sinister grey templed gent with plenty of money who has to get somewhere fast to get away from a mysterious duo out to crease him. The plots thicken and the film bristles with mysterious baddies after the guy's money, eventually you're wondering if everyone has nobbled everyone else at least once with this aim. Not a very large cast and a not very large plot still make this entertaining to watch, just don't expect too much from a b film and it'll nearly always deliver. In fact it's fascinating in places: when Carver is initially shot at and his lack of gratitude but the depth of his pockets; lawyer Bronson's enigmatic appearance at the roadhouse; the escape from the bedroom down yes a knotted bedsheet; many others.

Although the script only paid lip service to human nature and plot development it's still nice and relaxing with nothing in it to worry about, like taking an hour's holiday. The biggest puzzle to me is all those clean crisp banknotes were so manhandled how come there was any left to handle at all by the end, and with such vicissitudes as they had gone through Chito was no fool in wanting to spend his share as fast as possible.

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