Night Passage (1957)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  24 July 1957 (USA)
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A fired railroad man is rehired and trusted to carry a 10,000 dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Utica Kid
Whitey Harbin
Dianne Foster ...
Charlotte Drew ( Charlie )
Verna Kimball
'Joey' / Joey Adams (as Brandon de Wilde in opening credits) (as Brandon deWilde in closing credits)
Ben Kimball
Herbert Anderson ...
Will Renner
Jeff Kurth
Tommy Cook ...
Howdy Sladen
Mr. Feeney
Olive Carey ...
Miss Vittles
James Flavin ...
Tim Riley


The workers on the railroad haven't been paid in months --- that's because Whitey and his gang, including fast-shooting, dangerous, but likeable Utica Kid, keep holding up the train for its payroll. Grant McLaine, a former railroad employee who was fired in disgrace, is recruited to take the payroll through under cover. A young boy and a shoebox figure into the plot when Whitey's gang tries to hold up the train and Grant and the Kid meet again to settle an old score. Written by A.L.Beneteau <>

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Release Date:

24 July 1957 (USA)  »

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Die Uhr ist abgelaufen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Mann refused to direct the film, saying nobody would understand it. He also said he believed the script was bad and that Audie Murphy - who was 5'5" - would not be believable as the brother of James Stewart, who was 6'3". After the film opened to poor reviews and business, Stewart never spoke to Mann again. See more »


Eighty-three minutes into the film, a bullet hole suddenly appears on a steel cable car right behind Charlie as she ducks bullets with Grant. Charlie looks behind her, apparently reacting to the sound of the bullet hitting the car - but there is no sound whatsoever. See more »


Grant McLaine: You like eggs?
Joey Adams: No!
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Follow the River
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by James Stewart (uncredited)
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Brilliant Wide-screen Outdoor Western!
22 November 2006 | by (Jax, Fla) – See all my reviews

There have been some write-ups as to why Anthony Mann quit the film, either as a result of not getting along with James Stewart or his criticizing Audie Murphy on his acting ability. Personally, I think it might be the latter because I can't fathom anybdy in Hollywood not getting along with James Stewart! But, one thing is certain... the Mann trademark locations had already been determined before Mr. Mann left. Colorado never looked better! And the wide screen format just enhances this! I like films with trains. Here we see an extended train sequence through that beautiful scenery, including a fairly spectacular crash with the water tower.

It's been written in a couple places here that the cast was somewhat weak. While I do agree that Jack Elam only had a bit to do, we've still got James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea (great over-acting stint!), Elaine Stewart, Dianne Foster, Brandon De Wilde, Jay C. Flippen, Robert Wilke (looking like an older Richard Widmark), Hugh Beaumont, Paul Fix, and a nice scene with Olive Carey. That's a pretty good bunch for TV Director James Neilson to put through their paces.

The Cinematography gets a 10. The rest gets a solid 9. Highly recommended!

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