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Night Passage (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 August 1957 (Sweden)
A fired railroad man is re-hired and trusted to carry a ten thousand dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Borden Chase (screenplay), Norman A. Fox (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Grant McLaine
Audie Murphy ... The Utica Kid
Dan Duryea ... Whitey Harbin
Dianne Foster ... Charlotte Drew - Charlie
Elaine Stewart ... Verna Kimball
Brandon De Wilde ... Joey Adams (as Brandon deWilde)
Jay C. Flippen ... Ben Kimball
Herbert Anderson ... Will Renner
Robert J. Wilke ... Concho
Hugh Beaumont ... Jeff Kurth
Jack Elam ... Shotgun
Tommy Cook ... Howdy Sladen
Paul Fix ... 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 several 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 undercover. 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 »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Uhr ist abgelaufen See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some critics felt that Audie Murphy, who was thirty-one, looked too young to be the brother of forty-eight-year-old James Stewart. 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

Grant McLaine: You like eggs?
Joey Adams: No!
Grant McLaine: That's too bad. You got an omelet comin' up.
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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 frankfobSee 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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