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 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.
- John Payne as Kirby Randolph
- Faith Domergue as Auriele St. Clair
- Rod Cameron as Jess Griswold
- Slim Pickens as Sam Beekman
- Irene Tedrow as Ptewaquin
- George Keymas as Chief Satank
- Leo Gordon as Tuss McLawery
- Anthony Caruso as Chavez
- Santa Fe Passage at the Internet Movie Database
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- Santa Fe Passage at the TCM Movie Database
- Santa Fe Passage at the American Film Institute Catalog
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