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Badman's Territory (1946)

Passed | | Western | 1 April 1946 (USA)
Sheriff Mark Rowley and his brother John find themselves in an annexed area of Indian Territory which is home to notorious outlaws like Jesse James and Sam Bass.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Richards ...
Col. Farewell
James Warren ...
John Rowley
Morgan Conway ...
Marshal Bill Hampton
Virginia Sale ...
John Halloran ...
Hank McGee
Andrew Tombes ...
Doc Grant
Ben Wade
Harry Holman ...


After some gun play with a posse, the James Gang head for Quinto in a section of land which is not a part of America. Anyone there is beyond the law so the town is populated with outlaws. Next to arrive is Sheriff Rowley, following his brother whom the Gang have brought in injured. Rowley has no authority and gets on well enough with the James boys but is soon involved in other local goings-on, including a move to vote for annexation with Oklahoma which would allow the law well and truly in. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Famous Raid by the DALTON GANG, Reenacted Vividly in a Climactic Action Episode (original poster) See more »




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1 April 1946 (USA)  »

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Land der Banditen  »

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| (re-release) (re-edited)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Johnson appears uncredited as a member of Marshal Hampton's posse. He even has a line or two of dialogue. He and the marshal and another deputy dismount and enter a building on location. In the next shot, the studio interior, Hampton and the deputy come through the door, but not Ben, he has disappeared and is seen no more. See more »


At the end of the movie a man states this is the end that Jesse James had been shot by Bob Ford and Frank James had been captured. While technically accurate, Jesse was killed over 10 years before the Coffeyville raid. Jesse was killed on Apr. 3, 1882 and the Coffeyville raid took place on Oct. 6, 1892. See more »


Doc Grant: You'll find the people in Quinto a pretty decent lot on the whole.
Sheriff Mark Rowley: Tha doesn't square with what I've seen so far.
Doc Grant: Oh, it ain't that bad. Men that put away their guns can't argue with the men that still carry them.
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Sheriff Randolph Scott goes into Quinto in badman's territory
21 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've watched "Badman's Territory" about three times and I like it, but do not expect much of a clear storyline from it. It's episodic and has all kinds of story threads and characters, but it also has lots of action. Somehow, it all fits together and makes for good western entertainment. This is a very good looking western with a clean black and white print, and the cast is good.

We learn that badman's territory is a strip of land that's not part of any other U.S. territory. Quinto is a town in it that's an oasis for outlaws that the townies tolerate because they're good business and they behave in Quinto. The town has an independent and fiery reformer newspaper woman in Ann Richards. She wants Quinto to join the Oklahoma territory and get some law. In town is also Belle Starr (Isabel Jewell). Her action here doesn't involve outlawry. Rather, she has an entry in a local horse race, forming an episode in which the Indians bet a lot, win, and then threaten trouble when their stake goes missing.

The story opens beautifully with a nicely-staged holdup and pursuit in another town and a sequence in which Gabby Hayes is with the James gang, featuring Lawrence Tierney as Jesse and Tom Tyler as Frank. They escape, pursued by lawmen. There is a bad-guy marshal played by Morgan Conway, and a good-guy local sheriff played by Randolph Scott, who is with his brother, James Warren. Conway is out to get rid of Scott. Plenty of pursuit action in which Warren gets shot but has saved the life of Gabby Hayes, who takes him back to Quinto with the approval of Tierney. Now, Scott has been framed by Conway, so he goes off to Quinto where he is accepted.

After some side plots and activity by the likes of Ray Collins and Andrew Tombes as a doctor, the main story gets back on track when Richards by pursuing a changed territorial status conflicts with her love interest, Scott, because then Conway will rule the roost and hang Scott, whom he hates. In between there, enter the Daltons, led by Steve Brodie, who recruit the healed Warren and go off to a failed bank holdup in Coffeyville.

Whew! What a mix this movie is. One can't help but be carried along by its energy and divergent threads that somehow manage to converge, or at least some of them.

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