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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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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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SOUTHWEST'S DEADLIEST KILLERS...Riding...Raiding...Plundering...AGAIN! See more »


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17 July 1948 (USA)  »

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Der Schrecken von Texas  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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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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