California Passage (1950)

Genres - Action, Romance, Western  |   Release Date - Dec 15, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

By 1950, Republic Pictures had eased into more adult-oriented Western fare and California Passage packs quite a punch. The usual Republic benefits of fast-paced direction and top-of-the-line stunt work is of course much in evidence, but the real surprise here is the above-average performances. Especially the supporting cast is allowed to shine, including Charles Kemper as a no-nonsense sheriff and Estelita Rodriguez, who, for once, leaves her kittenish south-of-the-border comic relief behind to offer a straightforward portrayal of a grieving saloon girl. The denouement has Jim Davis chasing Adele Mara and little Peter Miles through a fog-bound wilderness and remains as tense and exciting as it much have appeared back in December of 1950 when California Passage first hit local theater screens.