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Night Passage (1957)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Grant McLaine
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The Utica Kid
Dan Duryea ...
Whitey Harbin
Dianne Foster ...
Charlotte Drew
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Verna Kimball
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Joey Adams
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Ben Kimball
Herbert Anderson ...
Will Renner
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Concho
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Jeff Kurth
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Shotgun
Tommy Cook ...
Howdy Sladen
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Mr. Feeney
Olive Carey ...
Miss Vittles
James Flavin ...
Tim Riley
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Storyline

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 <albl@inforamp.net>

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Saga of the McLaine Brothers, who followed different trails, lived by different laws, but wanted the same woman! See more »

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Western

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24 July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Uhr ist abgelaufen  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Stewart wasn't impressed with the script, but accepted the role of Grant McLaine because he believed the part would allow him to show off his skills as an accordion player. However, all of his accordion playing was re-recorded by a professional prior to the movie's release. See more »

Goofs

At the old mill during the shootout you can clearly see an airplane strip in the sky. See more »

Quotes

Grant McLaine: You like eggs?
Joey Adams: No!
Grant McLaine: That's too bad. You got an omelet comin' up.
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Referenced in Crime Story: The War (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Get Far Without a Railroad
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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