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Night Passage (1957)

Approved | | Western | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Utica Kid
Whitey Harbin
Charlotte Drew ( Charlie )
Verna Kimball
Joey Adams (as Brandon deWilde)
Ben Kimball
Will Renner
Jeff Kurth
Howdy Sladen
Mr. Feeney
Olive Carey ...
Miss Vittles
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 <albl@inforamp.net>

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payroll | railroad | train | shoebox | boy | See All (98) »


It's a Rough-Riding Adventure full of Fast-Shooting Thrills as the Phenomenal James Stewart heads a Stellar Cast in this Celebrated Western Favorite. See more »




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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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First feature produced in the United States in the Technirama widescreen process, developed by the Technicolor Corp. Many of the credits were rendered in the style of the Technirama trademark. See more »


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


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 »


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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