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Audie Murphy was the ‘Utica Kid’ in the 1957 Western ‘Night Passage’

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The 1957 Western ‘Night Passage‘ featured actor Audie Murphy starting as the Utica Kid.

The movie doesn’t have much to do with Utica other than the name.  Here’s the basic plot from Wikipedia:

 On the way to meet his former boss, railroad tycoon Ben Kimball (Jay C. Flippen), Grant McLaine (Stewart) rescues a young boy, Joey Adams (Brandon deWilde), from Concho (Robert J. Wilke). Ben informs Grant that his payroll has been robbed several times already by a gang led by Whitey Harbin (Dan Duryea) and the Utica Kid (Murphy). If Ben’s workers don’t get paid soon, they will all leave. Grant accepts the job of taking $10,000 to them by train.

There’s presently an online petition effort to award Audie Murphy the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Watch: Memories of North Utica

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