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Badman's Territory (1946)

Passed | | Western | 4 May 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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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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4 May 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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie when the outlaws are leaving Quinto for Texas, the newspaper lady watches them leave and then turns to write a column. The calendar on the wall shows the 1st on a Sunday and 31 days in the month. This could be March of 1891 or December of 1889; however, later in the movie the newspaper with the blank advertising block is dated September 21, 1890. So, the wall calendar in the newspaper office is incorrect (it's either the previous year - 1889- or the next year - 1891). See more »

Quotes

The Coyote Kid: [after Johnny Rowley has jumped out of tree to knock him off his horse] Why you young whippersnapper! Where'd you drop from? A balloon?
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Followed by Best of the Badmen (1951) See more »

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Camptown Races
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played by band on race day
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Great Scott! Lousy movie!
11 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps the most disjointed, incomprehensible major studio film I've ever seen. I defy anyone to accurately encapsulize the plot in a sentence or even ten. I just watched this film and have no idea what it is about. Now, I love Westerns. I am almost fanatic in my appreciation of Randolph Scott and George 'Gabby' Hayes, and both of them are terrific in this movie. But the script is word spaghetti. The leading lady, Ann Richards, speaks with a British accent for no discernible plot reason, and she gives a performance slightly less believable than might have been obtained from a brick. Outlaw gangs from all over the West and all over the 19th century are thrown together without much apparent purpose other than their name value. Nothing much of interest or accuracy happens with any of them. Nestor Paiva, quite at home playing Italian peasants or gangsters, is bizarrely cast as Texas outlaw Sam Bass, who in real life died at 27, fourteen years younger than Paiva. Chief Thundercloud portrays the Arapaho chief Tahlequah, despite the fact that Tahlequah is a Cherokee name. Geography is tossed about like a piñata; Scott takes a pleasant little day ride on horseback from one end of Oklahoma to the other and back, an actual distance of about 750 miles, and the geographical location is actually referred to officially as "Badman's Territory." As if. None of this would matter if the movie were any good. History, geography, and real-life logic have been tossed willy-nilly into the air quite entertainingly in many movies before and since. But with the entertaining ones, it was possible usually to follow the story. It's great fun to watch Scott, and Hayes gives a particularly enjoyable and offbeat performance. But that's all, brother.


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