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Angel and the Badman -- A Quaker girl nurses a "Badguy" back to health and with a romantic motive. Eventually he has to decide.


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15 February 1947 (USA) See more »
He lived only for revenge...She lived only for his love!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Great western with a sweet romance See more (45 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Quirt Evans
Gail Russell ... Penelope Worth

Harry Carey ... Marshal Wistful McClintock

Bruce Cabot ... Laredo Stevens

Irene Rich ... 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

Marshall Reed ... Nelson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doc Adams ... Quaker (uncredited)
Rosemary Bertrand ... Christine Taylor (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... Dance Hall Madam (uncredited)
John Breen ... Gambler (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Quaker Meeting Member (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Baker Brother (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... Gambler (uncredited)

Kenne Duncan ... Gambler (uncredited)
Geraldine Farnum ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Louis Faust ... Hondo Jeffries (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Mouse Marr (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Baker Brother (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Gambler (uncredited)
Jack Kirk ... Carson Ranchhand (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... Quaker (uncredited)
LeRoy Mason ... Lefty Wilson (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Carson Ranchhand (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Gambler (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Bartender (uncredited)
William Newell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jack O'Shea ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Baker Brother (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Gambler (uncredited)
John Shay ... Gambler (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Baker Brother (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Brawl Spectator (uncredited)
Tony Travers ... Hernan (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Gambler (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
James Edward Grant 
Writing credits
James Edward Grant (written by)

Produced by
Catalina Soler .... associate producer (uncredited)
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Richard Hageman 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photography) (as Archie J. Stout)
Film Editing by
Harry Keller 
Production Design by
Ernst Fegté 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
Charles S. Thompson  (as Charles Thompson)
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Harvey Dwight .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Victor B. Appel .... sound (as Vic Appel)
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Johnson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Stoney .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Cy Feuer .... musical director
Herman Hand .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Catalina Lawrence .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Al Silverman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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100 min | West Germany:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1965) | Sweden:Btl (re-rating) (1961) | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:Approved (certificate #11847) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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This movie entered the public domain in 1975, in the USA, due to the copyright holders failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock:There's a sight I never thought I'd see: Quirt Evans behind a plow.
Quirt Evans:That pony walks as soft as you do.
Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock:I taught him. Oh, I figured you'd have heard him... 'cept you were thinkin' too hard.
Quirt Evans:Haven't you got some real important business to attend to... some place else?
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Great western with a sweet romance, 8 July 2006
Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA

John Wayne got to kiss a score of pretty ladies on screen, but his romance with Gail Russell as Penelope, the "Angel" in this story, shows the best screen chemistry I can recall. Wayne is the "Badman" Quirt Evans meaning that he settles a lot of arguments with guns a'blazin'.

He's used to fast draws, fast women, booze, bar fights, and so on. Penelope is a gentle Quaker woman living in the wilderness of the Old West. She and her parents model their lives on the teachings of scripture, especially the "Love your neighbor" ideal. Quirt gets shot in one of his many battles with gun wielding black hat bad guys; Penelope's family takes him in and nurses him back to health; during which time Quirt and Penelope get a look at each other with the obvious chemical reaction. Her sweet and vulnerable demeanor mixes splendidly with his gruff but awkwardly gentle persona.

When Wayne's nemesis Laredo (Bruce Cabot) shows up, Wayne is faced with the conflict of adapting the peaceful ways of Penelope, or reverting to his violent shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later lifestyle. Wayne's inner conflict to change his outlook on life is illustrated well, a great performance for the Duke. This all goes on under the watchful eye of the Marshall (Harry Carey), who serves as not only a foil for Wayne constantly threatening him, but almost like a self-appointed guardian who sees Quirt's potential for good, trying to steer him toward the light. Carey's humor, and good spirit plays off Wayne perfectly.

The film builds to a brilliant finish, with Quirt forced to choose between peace or violence once and for all. One of my favorite westerns. Great cast, great story.

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