Santa Fe Passage

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Santa Fe Passage
Directed by William Witney
Produced by Sidney Picker
Screenplay by Lillie Hayward
Story by Heck Allen
Based on Santa Fe Passage
1952 story
by Clay Fisher
Starring John Payne
Faith Domergue
Rod Cameron
Music by R. Dale Butts
Cinematography Bud Thackery
Edited by Tony Martinelli
Republic Pictures
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • May 12, 1955 (1955-05-12) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


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 Auriele St. Clair (Faith Domergue) refuses to part ways with her.

Auriele 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 Auriele, picks a fight with Kirby by disclosing that Auriele 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 Auriele's mother. His hatred gone, he and Auriele plan to be married in the manner of her mother's people.


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