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Angel and the Badman (1947)

Approved  |   |  Romance, Western  |  15 February 1947 (USA)
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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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Gail Russell ...
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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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The first film produced by John Wayne. See more »

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When Quirt arrives at the saloon, its entrance is in shadow. When Hondo and Laredo come out, they are in full sun. See more »

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[Quirt and Randy are getting ready to leave the First day meeting. Randy is reading aloud from the Bible given to Quirt by the Quakers]
Randy McCall: Listen to this: "And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts of valor, slew two men of Moab and went down and slew three lions in the midst of a pit in the time of snow."
Randy McCall: [to Quirt] Whew, three lions!
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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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