Santa Fe Passage
|Santa Fe Passage|
|Directed by||William Witney|
|Produced by||Sidney Picker|
|Screenplay by||Lillie Hayward|
|Story by||Heck Allen|
|Based on||Santa Fe Passage|
by Clay Fisher
|Music by||R. Dale Butts|
|Edited by||Tony Martinelli|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
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.
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- Santa Fe Passage on IMDb
- Santa Fe Passage at AllMovie
- Santa Fe Passage at the TCM Movie Database
- Santa Fe Passage at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Santa Fe Passage film clip on YouTube