Santa Fe Passage

Santa Fe Passage is a 1955 Trucolor Western film directed by William Witney and starring John Payne, Faith Domergue and Rod Cameron.

Santa Fe Passage
Directed byWilliam Witney
Produced bySidney Picker
Screenplay byLillie Hayward
Story byHeck Allen
Based onSanta Fe Passage
1952 story
by Clay Fisher
StarringJohn Payne
Faith Domergue
Rod Cameron
Music byR. Dale Butts
CinematographyBud Thackery
Edited byTony Martinelli
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • May 12, 1955 (1955-05-12) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States


Kirby Randolph (John Payne) is a veteran scout who comes to hate all Indians after being betrayed by a Kiowa chief called Satank (George Keymas), whose massacre killed many men and ruined Kirby's reputation.

Kirby and his sidekick Sam Beekman (Slim Pickens) are offered work by Jess Griswold (Rod Cameron), who believes a man deserves a second chance. Kirby immediately demands that an old Indian woman, Ptewaquin (Irene Tedrow), be ordered off the wagon train, but her young companion Aurelie St. Clair (Faith Domergue) refuses to part ways with her.

Aurelie has a half-interest in a shipment of ammunition being delivered to Mexican soldiers. The antagonism between her and Kirby changes to a mutual attraction after Kirby heroically saves several lives along the trail.

Jess, who also loves Aurelie, picks a fight with Kirby by disclosing that the girl is a "half-breed." The two men's differences are forgotten during an attack by Satank's men. A broken leg slows Jess, who volunteers to remain behind and keep fighting while the others escape.

Kirby ends up face-to-face with Satank, who is about to kill him when the old woman, Ptewaquin, saves him by killing the Indian chief at the cost of her own life. Kirby discovers that the woman was Aurelie's mother. His hatred gone, he and Aurelie plan to be married in the manner of her mother's people.



Parts of the film were shot in Snow Canyon State Park.[1]

See also


  1. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

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