Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings: Night Passage (1957)


Tonight’s Movie: Night Passage (1957)


The Crosses Grow on Anzio

Visit to learn more about the poems and songs that Audie Murphy wrote including this one which has since been quoted by the Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton in their song “To Hell and Back” which is about Audie Murphy.

Oh, gather ’round me, comrades; and
listen while I speak
Of a war, a war, a war where hell is
six feet deep.
Along the shore, the cannons roar. Oh
how can a soldier sleep?
The going’s slow on Anzio. And hell is
six feet deep.

Praise be to God for this captured sod that
rich with blood does seep.
With yours and mine, like butchered
swine’s; and hell is six feet deep.
That death awaits there’s no debate;
no triumph will we reap.
The crosses grow on Anzio, where hell is
six feet deep.

. . . Audie Murphy, 1948


Hell Bent For Leather (1960)

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Veteran western director George Sherman who worked with most every cowboy star from the Duke to Rory Calhoun, from Don “Red” Barry programmers to Fess Parker television adventures  saddled up for his one and only teaming with Audie Murphy in this sparse tale of a man being railroaded to the gallows by a psychotic sheriff while finding the woman who’ll come to believe in him against all odds.

Under the Universal International banner good hearted Audie finds himself in the wrong place when a drifter on foot in the dusty Lone Pine location bushwhacks him and rides off on his mount. Quick draw Audie gets off one shot knocking a silver stalked shotgun from the hand of his attacker played by Jan Merlin. Little does Audie know that the shotgun he now possesses is going to be a key prop in identifying himself as a crazed killer in the eyes…

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The Kid From Texas (1950)

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Audie Murphy’s name became synonymous with the western genre from this film forward.


It’s Audie’s first oater and second starring role. He had previously headlined Bad Boy opposite Lloyd Nolan the previous year. He went from playing a juvenile delinquent in Nolan’s care to perhaps the west’s most famous delinquent. William Bonney aka Billy the Kid.

The story is told in a compact 78 minutes under the Universal – International banner for which Audie made numerous westerns in the ensuing years ahead. The central part of the story is similar to the other editions of Billy’s life told on screen. He’s a young hothead caught up in the Lincoln County War where a kindly rancher tries to help the young sharpshooter walk a straight and narrow pathway until violence steps in. Violence in the form of William Talman and three other riders under the command of Dennis Hoey. Audie’s not…

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Bad Boy (1949)

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With reliable stalwarts Lloyd Noland and James Gleason at his back, America’s baby faced war hero Audie Murphy played his first major role in this Kurt Neumann film released through the Allied Artists banner. By the time that the 86 minute mark rolls around and the credits fade, you might think you’ve just watched a newer version of Boys Town with Audie in the Mickey role and Lloyd taking on Spencer’s duties.


Audie stars here as a 17 year old juvenile with a heavy chip on his shoulder that will come to the surface as the plot develops. The story is narrated by Nolan that begins with Audie finding himself in a bungled heist where he and a partner hold up a private gambling den. Audie barely makes it to the hotel’s front door before being captured and finding himself in a court of law where his attitude does nothing to…

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Movie Poster Adventures with Audie Murphy

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Audie Murphy. The hero of WW2 will always be for me a hero of Sunday afternoon matinees of the western variety that I watched with Dad. The Utica Kid, clad in black and representing the outlaw brother to Jimmy Stewart caught between just who to side with on the trail, Jimmy or Dan Duryea. Blood proves to be thicker than water for Audie in the western Night Passage. As a kid it’s kind of hard to separate reality from the make believe of movies so I’m not quite sure I grasped the story of To Hell and Back and the fact that Audie was playing himself on screen in a re-enactment of his WW2 march into the history books. At the time I’m sure I thought of it as just another Audie Murphy adventure with a military backdrop as opposed to the west.

I for one always thought Audie was…

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Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)

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Breaking stride, real life WW2 hero, Audie Murphy, found himself in a war film as opposed to riding the trail taking on outlaws of all varieties in the western genre for this low budget effort released through 20th Century Fox from director Herbert Coleman. Aside from his self portrayal in the 1955 biography, To Hell and Back, this would be the only other film that Audie starred in that one can really count as a war film provided we eliminate John Huston’s civil war tale, The Red Badge of Courage from the conversation.

For this black and white outing Audie finds himself in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. He is to make his way to an isolated coast line following a submarine drop. He’s to make contact with Gary Crosby who has been running a one man scouting station relaying vital coded messages to the Allies. Audie fans will get what…

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