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Night Passage (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1957 (USA)
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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The Utica Kid
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Whitey Harbin
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Charlotte Drew ( Charlie )
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Verna Kimball
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'Joey' / Joey Adams
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Ben Kimball
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Will Renner
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Concho
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Jeff Kurth
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Shotgun
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Howdy Sladen
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Mr. Feeney
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Miss Vittles
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Tim Riley
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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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payroll | railroad | train | shoebox | boy | See All (98) »

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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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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

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Crime Story: The War (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

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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