Angel and the Badman (1947)



He lived only for revenge…She lived only for his love!

Quirt Evens an all round bad guy is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth a quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose from his world or the world from which Penelope lives by.

Written by
Christopher D. Ryan <[email protected]>

Genre: Romance,Western

Angel and the Badman (1947)
Release Date: 15 February 1947 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: James Edward Grant
  • John Wayne
  • Gail Russell
  • Harry Carey
  • Bruce Cabot
  • Irene Rich
  • Lee Dixon
  • Stephen Grant
  • Tom Powers
  • Paul Hurst
  • Olin Howland
  • John Halloran
  • Joan Barton
  • Craig Woods
  • Marshall Reed

12 Responses to Angel and the Badman (1947)

  1. BigJohnPilgrim
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    I happened to watch Brimstone (1949) and A&TBM (Angel and the Badman) back-to-back on the Encore Western Channel on 2/18/2008, and by golly, there was a stampede scene in Brimstone that was clearly taken from A&TBM (since Brimstone was made 2 years after A&TBM). In the scene, a cattle stampede is initiated by an outlaw gang, and a wagon in the stampede is overturned by a pursuing outlaw by roping the far back side of the wagon (to the bottom right of the screen) and pulling to one side (bottom left of the screen) at the exact same moment the wagon tries to turn the other way (to the right). There is no question the footage is exactly the same, and I never would have noticed it if not for watching the two movies back-to-back.

    I don’t remember for sure if the entire stampede scene was used. I did notice that both are Republic Pictures movies (well, actually A&TBM is John Wayne’s first breakaway movie after Republic, but they are credited along with John Wayne Productions, so I’d bet he still had connections to Republic, and even possibly some assistance), which may account for the shared footage. Is it common for stock footage like this to be shared between movies?

    I submitted this issue as a Trivia matter for both of these movies on the same day, but IMDB has not added it to the Trivia sections of either movie.

    Come see a fat old man sometime!

  2. Kandarr
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    This one is definitely on the bottom of the John Wayne pile. It has a pretty weak story and lame annoying characters. Seriously, Marshall Reed is so obnoxious you can’t help but want to turn this movie off whenever he’s on screen. John Wayne did the best he could with the bumbling script, but it’s still not all that great of a performance. Disappointing.

    • vinidici
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      Too bad you feel that way, as the marshall whom you found so “annoying” was none other than cinema pioneer Harry Carey, who was making movies before the whole industry packed up and moved to the sleepy orange orchard industry town of Hollywood, CA.

      Carey was among the very first stars in the Western genre; again, too bad that you’re either unaware of this or, even worse, lack the appreciation for Carey and his innumerable contributions to the siler screen, both as a leading man in his younger days during the silents era and in his later life as a stalwart character actor in films like MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON and DUEL IN THE SUN.

      Harry Carey died soon after his work in ANGEL AND THE BADMAN, by the way; he was one of John Wayne’s matinee idols when the Duke was growing up; years later, Wayne would homage the late Carey by striking the trademark Harry Carey in the famous “picture frame” ending of THE SEARCHERS (1956.)

      • vinidici
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        *by striking the trademark Harry Carey pose

        (There doesn’t seem to be any way to edit one’s posts at this site, once they’re already posted. :-/ )

  3. joeparkson
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    This is one of Wayne’s best movies. It’s a well written movie and all the actors get a chance to shine with some good lines.

    Wayne himself shows a fine comic timing and never tries to upstage whatever actor he’s doing a scene with.



    The only scene that bothered me was the showdown at the end. Quirt is about to have a gunfight with Laredo and his men when Penny shows up, looks at Quirts gun disaprovingly, and Quirt meekly gives it to her, leaving him unarmed to face Laredo.

    Quirt whirls toward Laredo with an empty hand, Laredo and his men draw and quickly get shot down by the wichester wielding marshall McLintock.

    Would any woman, even a pacifist Quaker, ask her man to give up his gun when he’s facing armed enemies? Did Penny know that the Marshall was watching the whole thing from a distance?

    That ending was unrealistic and bothers me.

    The last line (spoken by McLintock) also bothers me. "Only a man that carries a gun ever needs one."

    There’s a lot of dead people who didn’t carry a gun who sure could have used one.

  4. ABadSeed
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    Any members of the Society of Friends on these message boards? I’m not a member, but I do admire the history, beliefs, and culture of the Quakers (my ancestors came to America on the 2nd voyage of William Penn). Just wanted to ask.

    "I like weird. I like weird a lot."- Jeremy Sisto, "May"

  5. tiredeyes
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    Gail Russell will always be remembered for her beautiful eyes and charming smile. This was one of her best performances and, wherever the lost souls of Hollywood go when they leave this spinning ball of mud, I hope she was finally victorious over her personal demons. Sleep well and smile on us again, Gail.

  6. CaptainJesus
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    Random, anyone?

    First came the days of the plague…

  7. AriesJB4
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    There is a line of dialogue in this film, and I won’t say where, that is used almost verbatim in a later Wayne film (giving a tribute to Harry Carey Sr. in doing so). It is the spoken word, not the previously mentioned outright tribute to Carey in "The Searchers" with John Wayne’s arm movement at the end.

    Think about this one, and see what you can come up with.

  8. rquallsins
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    I have noticed that one of the commentators has noted that he purchased a DVD of this film which turned out to have been panned-and-scanned from a VHS tape rather than recorded off of a film print. This is a common problem with public domain films — as no one controls the rights to them, anyone who wants to can copy and sell them and as a result, many of the copies available prove to be of very low quality. "Angel and the Badman" is, or at least has been, available from Platinum Disc Corp. in LaCrosse, Wisconsin as a part of its "Great American Western Collection". It is part of the Volume 4 disc, along with three early Wayne B-level oaters of interest only to the hard-core B-Western or Wayne fan. I don’t have any connection to or relationship with this company and this is not necessarily a blanket endorsement of all of their products, but the version of "Angel" that is on my copy of this disk from them is in good focus with a listenable soundtrack, which is about all that can be hoped for in the case of a copy of a public-domain film of this age intended for home viewing.

  9. Anonymous
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  10. jonhamact
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    Did anyone notice that Quirt’s hat and neckerchief changed from white to black after he was gifted the Bible and ri=ode into town? would this be the influence of these naughty saloon girld?

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