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Southwest Passage (1954)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1954 (USA)
The U.S. Cavalry is ordered to test the feasability of camels in the deserts of the Southwest.

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Ray Nazarro

Writers:

Harry Essex (idea), Harry Essex (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Cameron ... Edward Fitzpatrick Beale
Joanne Dru ... Lilly
John Ireland ... Clint McDonald
John Dehner ... Matt Carroll
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Tall Tale
Darryl Hickman ... Jeb
Stuart Randall ... Lt. Owens
Mark Hanna Mark Hanna ... Hi Jolly
Douglas Fowley ... Toad Ellis
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Elias P. Stanton
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Storyline

Edward Beale is in charge of finding a shorter trail across the American desert and to also test the practicality of using camels in the west in this 3-D western. (An actual test once conducted in the Big Bend area of Texas.) Clint MacDoanld, a bank robber one jump ahead of a posse, joins the caravan by posing as a doctor. His sweetheart, Lilly, also comes along and signs on. There is a whole lot of footage of the grueling trek across the desert, but it begins to move when mule-skinner Matt Carroll becomes aware of MacDonald's true profession and he wants the gold from the bank robbery. The Apaches have shied away from attacking the train, because of their fear of the camels, but a camel dies and the jig is up as they lose their fear and here they come. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Thousand Miles of Roaring EXCITEMENT! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camel Corps See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA

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Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally shot in 3-D, surviving prints are only in 2-D. See more »

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The Gila Monster is one of very few venomous lizards in the world. It produces a moderate neuro-toxin, but no-one ever died of a Gila Monster bite per se or needed to have an amputation as suggested here. It is possible that might arise from an associated sepsis. See more »

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average western with above average screenplay
13 December 2011 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Average western originally made in 3D where Rod Cameron is leading a caravan that among horses and mules,also uses camels. They are joined by outlaw John Ireland who poses as a doctor and his girlfriend, Joanne Dru. Dru and Ireland are the real stars of the film, their relationship gets into a crisis because of Dru's admiration of Cameron. Ireland convinces them that he is a doctor up to the point where he has to amputate a man's arm. They are followed by Native Americans that at the beginning believe the camels are gods, and don't attack. The story, by Harry Essex, who wrote such good screenplays as "The Lonely Man" and "The Sons off Katie Elder" deserved a better treatment.


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