Night Passage (1957)

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    • Night Passage (1957)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      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

      Full Cast
      James Stewart ... Grant McLaine
      Audie Murphy ... The Utica Kid
      Dan Duryea ... Whitey Harbin
      Dianne Foster ... Charlotte Drew
      Elaine Stewart ... Verna Kimball
      Brandon De Wilde ... Joey Adams
      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
      Donald Curtis ... Jubilee
      Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Feeney
      John Daheim ... Latigo (as John Day)
      Kenny Williams ... O'Brien
      Frank Chase ... Trinidad
      Harold Goodwin ... Pick Gannon (as Herold Goodwin)
      Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Shannon (as Harold Tommy Hart)
      Jack C. Williams ... Dusty
      Boyd Stockman ... Torgenson
      Henry Wills ... Pache
      Chuck Roberson ... Roan
      Willard W. Willingham ... Click (as Willard Willingham)
      Polly Burson ... Rosa
      Patsy Novak ... Linda
      Ted Mapes ... Leary
      Edwin C. Johnson ... Telegraph Operator Near Beginning (uncredited)
      William 'Bill' Phillips ... Blacksmith / Livery Stable Owner (uncredited)
      Ben Welden ... Pete (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Borden Chase (screenplay)
      Norman A. Fox (novel)

      Original Music
      Dimitri Tiomkin

      William H. Daniels

      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.

      James Neilson replaced Anthony Mann as director when Mann walked off the picture
      after a falling out with James Stewart.

      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.
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      Filmed in Silverton, Colorado (called Junction City in the movie)
      using the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

      This was originally intended to be the sixth Western combining the talents of actor
      James Stewart and director Anthony Mann (they had also done three non-Westerns together),
      but Mann pulled out of the project because he wasn't impressed with war hero-turned-actor Audie Murphy.
      Stewart and the director would never make another picture together.

      Anthony Mann refused to direct the film, saying nobody would understand it.
      He also said he believed the script was bad and that Audie Murphy - who was 5'5" -
      would not be believable as the brother of James Stewart, who was 6'3".
      After the film opened to poor reviews and business, Stewart never spoke to Mann again.

      In August 1957, this film was being being shown on a double bill with The Delinquents.

      The real name of the Utica Kid turns out to be Lee, thus the names of the warring brothers
      are Grant and Lee, just like the opposing generals in the Brothers' War (the American Civil War)

      Audio/visual unsynchronised
      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.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Buttermilk Country, Inyo National Forest - 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, California, USA
      Cerro Gordo, California, USA
      Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, Durango, Colorado, USA
      Durango, Colorado, USA
      Silverton, Colorado, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Night Passage (1957)

      Night Passage (1957) is a Western starring
      James Stewart and Audie Murphy
      This film is reminiscent of the popular western collaborations between Stewart
      and director Anthony Mann.
      This is largely because the project was slated to be their
      sixth collaboration. Mann backed out of the project before production due to other obligations
      and a disagreement over the casting of Audie Murphy.
      Aaron Rosenberg, who produced many of the Stewart-Mann collaborations,
      stayed on as producer with new director James Neilson.

      Dimitri Tiomkin scored the film, and co-wrote the songs "Follow the River"
      and "You Can't Get Far Without a Railroad" with Ned Washington,
      which were performed by James Stewart himself.
      The film also offered Stewart the rare opportunity to play the accordion,
      an instrument he had played since childhood.
      The film was the first to utilize the Technirama process by Technicolor.
      This process helped make the blue skies crisper and brighten the autumn
      footage photographed by cinematographer William H. Daniels.
      The railroad scenes were filmed at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
      Railroad in Durango, Colorado, using Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
      K-28 Class steam locomotive #476 which still operates in excursion service
      Though not as memorable as other Stewart-Mann films,
      Night Passage was a commercial success upon its release
      and has become a staple of cable television.

      Many of Duke's 'Pals' to look out for namely
      Dan Duryea ,Brandon De Wilde, Jay C. Flippen
      Jack Elam, Paul Fix, Olive Carey, Chuck Roberson.

      User Review
      One of my favorites
      6 January 2007 | by kannahspapa (United States) – See all my reviews

      I have watched this movie many, many times and I find it enjoyable every time. I have found this to be one of my favorite Audie Murphy vehicles. The role Audie played as the Utica Kid is quite refreshing, I'm sure that not all the badmen were void of personalities. The witty and sarcastic dialogue between Utica and Whitey shows how the leadership of the gang was always open ended. Throughout the movie the end is always assured in that good will prevail, you still have the hope that Grant will convince Lee to return to his father teachings. I believe that anyone watching this movie will find it to be very enjoyable and entertaining.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Night Passage (1957)

      On watching his recently I found it somewhat lacklustre. It was all a bit pedestrian and cliched for me compared to the raft of fantastic westerns Jimmy Stewart starred in, most notably those directed by Anthony Mann.
      The fact Mann was initially involved in this production and didn't end up directing speaks volumes for me on just how good he was as a director. I can only imagine what it wold have been like with him at the helm.
      "Pour yourself some backbone and shut up!"
    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Night Passage (1957)

      Almost sounds like maybe Mann had some preconceived notion that Murphy, a war hero with no acting training or experience, had no business stepping into movies as a star. As for the Murphy and Stewart not passing for brothers, you can find families everywhere who will have children that do not bear a resemblance to each other. My own is an example. I've got three sons, one is 5' 8", the other two are both near 6 ft and none of the three look enough like brothers.
    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Night Passage (1957)

      I realize that I might be stepping on some toes here, but I could NOT stomach Audie Murphy.

      I "tolerated" him in the movie where he played himself "To Hell and Back," and I respect and admire him for his heroism and resulting accolades, but watching him on film is like enduring a 4th rate version of "The Music Man"
    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Night Passage (1957)

      The Tennesseean wrote:

      I realize that I might be stepping on some toes here, but I could NOT stomach Audie Murphy.

      I "tolerated" him in the movie where he played himself "To Hell and Back," and I respect and admire him for his heroism and resulting accolades, but watching him on film is like enduring a 4th rate version of "The Music Man"

      Don't worry you're not alone! Maybe I need to watch more of his films to pass a proper judgement but on what I've seen so far I have to admit I agree with you.
      "Pour yourself some backbone and shut up!"