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Angel and the Badman (1947)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 15 February 1947 (USA)
Quirt Evans, 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 between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

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Laredo Stevens
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Mrs. Worth
Lee Dixon ...
Randy McCall
Stephen Grant ...
Johnny Worth
Tom Powers ...
Dr. Mangram
Paul Hurst ...
Frederick Carson
Olin Howland ...
Bradley (as Olin Howlin)
John Halloran ...
Thomas Worth
Joan Barton ...
Lila Neal
Craig Woods ...
Ward Withers
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Notorious gunman Quirt Evans is wounded and on the run. He arrives at a Quaker farm owned by Thomas Worth and his family where he collapses from exhaustion. Evans asks Thomas and his daughter Penelope to drive him into town in their wagon in order to send an urgent telegram. The telegram contains a land claim and is sent to the land recorder's office. The Quaker family is ignoring the town doctor's advice to rid themselves of the gunfighter and they compassionately tend to the delirious Evans. Penny Worth becomes intrigued by his ravings of past loves.When Evans regains consciousness, Penny explains to him about the Quaker credo of non-violence and way of life. Three weeks later, two desperadoes, Laredo Stevens and Hondo Jeffries, ride into town looking for Evans.Penny's younger brother, Johnny, rushes home to inform Evans of his visitors and Evans prepares to flee. Penny, now smitten with Evans, offers to run off with him. Upon hearing the sound of approaching horses, Evans grabs his... Written by nufs68

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

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Romance | Western

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15 February 1947 (USA)  »

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The Gun  »

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Trivia

In the opening scene composer Richard Hageman reuses music he originally wrote for the wartime thriller, Paris Calling (1941) with Basil Rathbone. See more »

Goofs

The doctor at one point mentions "living in a never never land," an obvious reference to Peter Pan. However, the play did not see its first performance in London until 1904, and the novel was not published until 1911. There is no way anyone living on the 19th-century American frontier could know of Peter Pan's home. See more »

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[at the First Day gathering]
Thomas Worth: Quirt Evans!
[beckons him to come over - Quirt joins the others]
Thomas Worth: Friend, we're happy to present you with this token of our friendship for you.
[hands Quirt a Bible with his name inscribed on it]
Thomas Worth: [to the others] This is Quirt Evans. We're happy to have him here with us because he provided another incident which reaffirms our belief that all men are good if they are shown the light. He persuaded Frederick Carson to let down the water by showing him that a man who is a ...
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A Little Bit Different
(uncredited)
Written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
Performed by Joan Barton
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Remarkably Underrated!!!
8 November 1999 | by (Richmond, Ca) – See all my reviews

ANGEL AND THE BADMAN is a film that many John wayne fans may not have seen; nonetheless it's one of his best that shows a very different side.

Wayne as Quirt Evans is wounded and taken in by a gentle Quaker family. After he recuperates he notices their daughter--the absolutely drop dead gorgeous Gail Russell.

The plot of AATBM is remarkably similar to Harrison Ford's WITNESS (probably a remake).

But what ultimately makes this movie work is Wayne's performance, and Russell's natural "Angelic" qualities. The camera really loves her. There's one scene where she confesses' her love for Wayne, and is surprised he doesn't feel quite the same: "I never thought it could happen to one and not another." Her outright innocence in this scene is incredibly touching, and endearing, and you see how this affects Wayne in the same way.


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