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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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie was filmed hurriedly as they began shooting in the late autumn of 1956 and production had to finish before Christmas. 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 »


The Utica Kid: That's a pretty good rig.
Howdy Sladen: Too good for the guy that owned it. Remember that draw you taught me? It worked - he went down with his gun in the leather.
The Utica Kid: And now you're an in-case man.
Howdy Sladen: In-case?
The Utica Kid: Yeah, in case you miss six times with one, you draw the other... if you have time.
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Follow the River
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by James Stewart (uncredited)
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Neat little Murphy-Stewart western
2 August 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Beautifully photographed, atmospheric western that takes a while to build up under James Neilson's direction--he took over from Anthony Mann, who was fired after clashing with star James Stewart--but ends with a slam-bang finale. Stewart and Audie Murphy work well together, with Stewart as a railroad employee entrusted with getting a payroll past a gang of train robbers, and Murphy his brother who's a member of the gang. Dan Duryea excelled at playing sadistic villains with a twisted sense of humor who actually got a kick out of their work, and he does another good job of it here. A solid supporting cast including Jack Elam, Robert J. Wilke and Herbert Anderson contributes to the film's enjoyability, along with some spectacular mountain scenery. While no masterpiece, it's a good, satisfying western with a catchy little ditty sung by, of all people, Stewart. Check it out.

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