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Return of the Bad Men (1948)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  17 July 1948 (USA)
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When part of Oklahoma Territory becomes officially part of the U.S., Vance Cordrell is forced to deal with some of the most infamous outlaws of the Old West.

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Vance
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Cheyenne
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John Pettit
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Madge Allen
Steve Brodie ...
'The Youngers' / Cole Younger
Tom Keene ...
'The Youngers' / Jim Younger (as Richard Powers)
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'The Youngers' / John Younger
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'The Daltons' / Emmett Dalton
Walter Reed ...
'The Daltons' / Bob Dalton
Michael Harvey ...
'The Daltons' / Grat Dalton
Dean White ...
Robert Armstrong ...
'Wild Bill Doolin' / Wild Bill Doolin
Tom Tyler ...
'Wild Bill Yeager' / Wild Bill Yeager
Lew Harvey ...
'Arkansas Kid' / Arkansas Kid
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When part of Indian Territory is incorporated into the United States, good-natured rancher Vance Cordell reluctantly accepts the badge of federal marshal when a flood of notorious outlaws views the new area as ripe for banditry. Included are the Dalton and Younger Gangs, Billy the Kid, and the Sundance Kid led by the notorious Wild Bill Doolin. Cordell has a personal stake in his campaign to eradicate the bad men because of a friend's murder and the robbery of the local bank owned by his future father-in-law. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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PLUNDERING ARMY OF BADMEN! They Tried To Turn Oklahoma Into An Outlaw Empire! See more »


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Ernie Adams' 427th and last film. See more »

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Although Billy the Kid is depicted as being a gang member in 1889, he was actually killed in 1881. John Younger was killed in a shootout, and Bob Younger was dying of tuberculosis in prison in 1889. See more »

Quotes

John Pettit: Muley, don't you know that a bank is an institution that'll lend money to a man only upon his furnishin' absolute proof... that he don't need to borrow it in the first place?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: These outlaws famed in the history of the west, are riding to new riches and plunder -- the Oklahoma of 1889. A whole new territory was about to spring up overnight.

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Stereotypical to the max, but...
17 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everything about this movie cries foul. Every western stereotype is thrown in along with the kitchen sink and just about every western outlaw. There is not much that is original, from the love interests, to the protagonists rivalry, to the unfortunate comic relief provided by Gaby Hayes' facial contortions. On the other hand once you get past that and accept the fact that this is not cinematic history it's actually kind of fun. Randolph Scott is magnificent in his perfection of the righteous western hero. Robert Ryan is at his most extreme surliness - he is evil incarnate, an inveterate liar all too ready and willing to jump at any chance to advance his lot at the expense of friend and foe alike. Anne Jeffreys and Jacqueline White are at their most gorgeous. The scenes where they let their hair down and look to make themselves even more beautiful (as if that was possible) are worth the price of admission. And lets not forget such veterans as Robert Armstrong and Jason Robards Sr. Its always good to seem them in their later careers. I guess anyone who has read some of my other reviews will know I'm a sucker for bad movies.


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