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Night Passage
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on January 5, 2014
When I visited my son in south western Colorado last summer-we visited a ghost town and on the trail was this old mining town where this movie was filmed. Our tour guide told us about it and I thought it would be the perfect gift to give him for Christmas. He really liked it. A nice and very uniique memory of our adventure up the mountain on a very cold and rainy summer afternoon.
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on October 27, 2006
Night Passage was the movie that ended the partnership of actor James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. Their classic Westerns, such as Winchester '73, The Man From Laramie, and of course, The Naked Spur, were all classic Westerns with gritty,edgy performances by Stewart.

But Stewart and Mann parted ways on this script involving a disgraced railroad detective who tries to redeem himself by capturing a group of train robbers. Maybe it was the fact that Stewart would sing and play the accordion in the film. Maybe it was the fact that Dan Duryea's character was suspiciously like his role in Winchester '73.

At any rate, this film is still a treat and an delight. Stewart plays a character very much like his Mann films, and Audie Murphy gives one of his better performances as the Utica Kid, one of Duryea's gang member, and someone who shares a secret with Stewart. And Duryea plays his part with gusto.

Western fans of the Mann/Stewart films should enjoy this film, regardless of the similarities, or even the differences between those films and Night Passage.
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on May 18, 2008
Night Passage is a solid western starring James Stewart & directed by James Neilson. Grant McLaine (Stewart) is out of work & reduced to playing an accordion (Yes, that's him playing it) for tips. He's been out of work for five years since the railroad has fired him, the same one that he plays the accordion in the at the end-of-tracks camp. The railroad workers are about to quit because the payroll has been stolen three times in a row & they haven't been paid. McLaine is rehired by the railroad to get the payroll to the workers. He had been previously fired because he had let the Utica Kid get away by providing him with a horse & a head start. The truth is the Utica Kid (Audie Murphy) is McLaine's younger brother, Lee. The Utica Kid has hated his older brother since childhood which is his reason for being an outlaw.

The movie also has Brandon de Wilde (Shane) as the teen, Joey, who looks up to the Utica Kid. He knows he's no good but he sees him as a good man, mostly because of the rest of the gang Members. Whitey Hardin (Dan Duryea) is the gang leader who is constantly being needled & subtly challenged by the Utica Kid. Their character interplay is fun to watch & could've been expanded on.

Murphy's role as the Utica Kid is actually one of the best roles he ever had ,along with The Unforgiven (not the Eastwood movie). He's cast against type portraying the heavy. Murphy didn't venture into the "A" list often in his roles; when he did he was usually cast in a featured rather than starring role. Audie Murphy once said he made about 5 or 6 movies & did the same Western about 40 different times. Though he wasn't a great actor, his portrayal of the Utica Kid is more than adequate. It's James Stewart that flexes his acting muscles in this movie. There are a couple of instances in the movie where you can see he almost loses it, the anger almost driving him into a killing rage. Watch his body language & facial expression, it's subtle yet chilling.
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on February 6, 2018
A good western. Has many scenes with D & RG narrow gauge trains.
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on June 27, 2008
This isn't a classic Western, but it's a darn good little movie. Jimmy Stewart is perfectly cast as the older brother, and once again makes acting look easy. Brandon de Wilde, one of the best child actors ever, does a good job in his role as the youngster at a crossroads between good and bad. And Audie Murphy absolutely shines as the Utica Kid. The few times he was cast against type were some of his best roles (such as No Name on the Bullet).

Not many boring moments in this film. And make sure you look closely at the railroad boss' righthand man, who is not happy with Jimmy Stewart being hired to carry the payroll. Hugh Beaumont could play a good tough guy before being cast as Ward Cleaver, the Beaver's dad!
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on July 23, 2015
Great western all actors were very good in their roles. I first saw this film when I was a young girl I never forgot it and am glad to have it in my collection. Anyone who enjoys emotional westerns will love it.
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on April 26, 2003
Jimmy Stewart served in World War II in the dangerous role of a bomber pilot, and the experience clearly toughened the image he portrayed in the series of westerns he made after the war. Night Passage is a very good western and the role Stewart portrays is far tougher than the amiable character he played in the pre-war comedic western Destry Rides Again. Another thing I like about Night Passage is that it features a fine performance, as Stewart's outlaw brother, by Audy Murphie -- WW II's most decorated soldier, and a much better actor than the B movies he most often appeared in gave him a chance to show. Still another interesting aspect of Night Passage is a significant role for Brandon de Wilde -- a fine young actor who, regrettably, is all but forgotten except for his role as the boy Joey in Shane. Then there's Dan Duryea in an over-the-top performance as the ruthless leader of a band of train robbers. For some reason Night Passage has never achieved the recognition it's script, cast, and performances deserve. I hope its release on DVD will help cure this oversight. If you like westerns, please give Night Passage a try.
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on June 26, 2015
It is a fine James Stewart movie and added to the rest of my Stewart movies it makes fine entertainment.
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on April 23, 2003
A lot of people seem to dismiss Jimmy Stewart as a serious western actor because of the good-natured "aw shucks" style he conveyed in the movies he made prior to World War II. But Stewart served in WW II in the dangerous role of a bomber pilot, and the experience clearly toughened the image he portrayed in the series of westerns he made after the war. Night Passage is a very good western and the role Stewart portrays is far tougher than the amiable character he played in the pre-war comedic western Destry Rides Again. Another thing I like about Night Passage is that it features a fine performance, as Stewart's outlaw brother, by Audie Murphy -- WW II's most decorated soldier, and a much better actor than the B movies he most often appeared in gave him a chance to show. Still another interesting aspect of Night Passage is a significant role for Brandon de Wilde -- a fine young actor who, regrettably, is all but forgotten except for his role as the boy Joey in Shane. Then there's Dan Duryea in an over-the-top performance as the ruthless leader of a band of train robbers. For some reason Night Passage has never achieved the recognition it's script, cast, and performances deserve. I hope its release on DVD will help cure this oversight. If you like westerns, please give Night Passage a try.
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on February 9, 2018
I like jimmie stewart westerns. They entertain me.
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