|SOUTHWEST PASSAGE (aka: CAMELS WEST) (director: Ray Nazarro; screenwriters: Harry Essex/Geoffrey Homes; cinematographer: Sam Leavitt; editor: Grant Whytock; music: Arthur Lange/Emil Newman; cast: John Ireland (Clint McDonald), Joanne Dru (Lilly), Rod Cameron (Edward Beale), Guinn Williams (Tall Tale), John Dehner (Matt Carrol), Darryl Hickman (Jeb), Mark Hanna (Hi Jolly), Morris Ankrum (Doc Stanton) Kenneth MacDonald (Sheriff Morgan); Runtime: 82; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward Small; MGM; 1954)|
entertaining gimmicky 3D shot western."
by Dennis Schwartz
silent actor Ray Nazarro ("Apache
Territory"/"Domino Kid"/"The Hired Gun") directs this
routine but entertaining gimmicky 3D shot western,
that's written in a formulaic way by Harry Essex and Geoffrey
trail, the wanted outlaw Clint McDonald (John
Ireland), his honey Lilly (Joanne Dru, Ireland's
real-life wife) and her brother Jeb (Darryl
Hickman) are chased by a posse after robbing a
bank of $20,000. Lilly retreats to town to get a
doctor to treat her severely wounded brother. She
brings back a drunken veterinarian (Morris Ankrum),
who removes the bullet lodged near the heart. When
Clint learns he is heading across the Santa Fe trail
to be a doctor on an army scouting expedition,
intending to map out new routes to California, he pays
off the Doc to go back to St. Louis and also buys his
medical bag and wardrobe. Clint then joins the party
led by Beale (Rod Cameron), and is taken on since
Stanton was hired through the mail and never met the
boss. The soldier is leading a squad testing if either
mules or camels are better suited to the terrain in
the West. There are 4 Arab camel handlers.
Jeb succumbs to his wounds, Lilly joins the caravan as
someone who got lost from her party heading west.
looms ahead as a mean-spirited mule-skinner (John
Dehner) recognizes Clint from the Wanted posters and
demands half the loot, there are war-like Apaches
following, they have run into a water shortage, and
Lilly wants him only if he returns the money and they
make a fresh start in California.
REVIEWED ON 11/19/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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