Forrest Tucker ■ Adele Mara
A series of reversals bring two desperate people together. When a saloon owner is framed by his partner for a stagecoach robbery, he fights to secure an acquittal.
I rather fell in love with this movie when it came on Encore Westerns several years ago. To be honest, I really hated Forrest Tucker after watching Chisum. It was California Passage that proved he could be a convincing good guy too. I watched the movie once and when it came on again a few days later I did something I don't usually do and watched it again. Fast forward a few years and just a few nights ago we were looking for a good movie to watch and lo and behold after searching for it for several years my brother found it online so I was finally able to have my family watch it. My family loves black/white classic movies so it was a hit. And you know, I liked it just as much this time around.
California Passage is one of those wonderful old westerns that Hollywood used to do so well. A dramatic story with relatively bloodless violence, misunderstandings, humor, and of course some romance, with old California as a backdrop.
If you love classic movies, westerns, black/whites, definitely check into California Passage!
Forrest Tucker...Mike Prescott
Adele Mara...Beth Martin
Estelita Rodriguez...Maria Sanchez
Jim Davis...Lincoln 'Linc' Corey
Peter Miles...Tommy Martin
Charles Kemper...Sheriff Willy Clair
Bill Williams...Bob Martin
Rhys Williams...John Norris
Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
Whalen: Funny you two being partners. I've never been able to explain that. You don't like him.
Mike Prescott: Very simple, Whalen. I don't like people.
[Maria throws the drink the waiter delivered in his face]
Waiter: Why did you do that?
Maria Sanchez: Because you're a man!
Stella: And a better reason I never heard. Beat it!
[the sheriff has just shot two gunfighters]
Sheriff Willy: See what I mean about civilization comin' to Coarse Gold by degrees?
Bess Martin: I'm sorry for my opinion about you, Sheriff. I thought you were incompetent.
Sheriff Willy: Oh, no. I'm irregular, even off maybe, but I'm not incompetent.
[Linc inquires about a special dinner he's ordered]
Chinese cook: Everything's kosher.
Lincoln 'Linc' Corey: It better be, or I'll put a pleat in your skull.