Passage West is a western film made in 1951 and directed by Lewis R Foster. The movie begins when six hardened criminals escape from the rock-quarry prison in Salt Lake City, Utah. Looking for a quicker way to travel west, the convicts overtake a wagon train of faithful settlers, led by Pastor Jacob Kerns (Dennis O'Keefe). The group does not believe in violence, which put them at the mercy of this dangerous group of men. Convicted murderer, Pete Black (John Payne), is uneasy about stealing from these Christian people and persuades his croonies to leave them and their belongings alone. This act of kindness gets the attention of Rose Billings (Arleen Whelan), an attractive young widow. The two become closer as they venture westward and both of them are unsure of their feelings. As these two groups come closer to parting ways, Pete is considering converting his faith and joining the devout settlers and Rose.