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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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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TERROR STRIKES THE SOUTHWEST!...when "Billy the Kid", "The Daltons", "The Youngers" and the gun-crazy "Sundance Kid"---killers all, ride again! See more »


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17 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schrecken von Texas  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

The sign over the Marshal's office was spelled "Marshall's". There is only one L in Marshal. See more »

Quotes

John Pettit: [as Vance is shaving] Hey!
Vance: Hmmm?
John Pettit: How long does it take to shave?
Vance: Oh, about 15 or 20 minutes. Why?
John Pettit: Lemme see now... 10 times 20 is...
[mumbling]
John Pettit: Why that's over 2 hours a week times 52...
[mumbling]
John Pettit: You realize you lose four full days out of your life every yesr just shavin' your whiskers off?
Vance: Is that why you've got a beard?
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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.

Ranchers, cattlemen, even whole towns -- their land bought by the government -- had been given thirty days to move elsewhere. Land hungry pioneers were gathering for the race for free land. And behind them, waiting and ready for this rich prey, came the outlaws. See more »

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Follows Badman's Territory (1946) See more »

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A few notches above the average Western
30 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two things really distinguish this otherwise typical Scott/Hayes western - Unbelievable cinematography - I cannot believe how lovingly and lushly this film was photographed - amazing evidence of how much impact cinematography alone can have on an otherwise average motion picture.

The other thing is a gleefully ruthless performance by a young Robert Ryan playing The Sundance Kid as one mean, ornery sonuvabee. To say that he put a different spin on the character than Robert Redford did is putting it mildly. Robert Ryan is one of my favorite actors and there is clear evidence here that he had the goods from the very beginning. Just don't turn your back on him.

This film is available as part of the Warner Archive collection and a solid addition to any Western film library.


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