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Return of the Bad Men (1948)

Approved | | Western | 17 July 1948 (USA)
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:
Madge Allen
Cole Younger
Jim Younger (as Richard Powers)
John Younger
Emmett Dalton
Michael Harvey ...
Grat Dalton
Dean White ...
Billy the Kid
Wild Bill Yeager
Lew Harvey ...
Arkansas Kid


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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Release Date:

17 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schrecken von Texas  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Tom Tyler would play Frank James in Badman's Territory (1946) and Best of the Badmen (1951) as well as another film, here he plays fictional outlaw Wild Bill Yeager. See more »


During the fist fight between Vance and the Sundance Kid, Sundance grabs a bottle behind the saloon counter. In the next shot, it appears to have been smashed, but we don't see him doing it. See more »


John Pettit: [to Muley] You know, Madge got a lot of new-fangled notions about book-keepin' shadow mortgages, and promissory notes. She'll get over it in time. You know, Muley, there ain't much point in writin' things down in books when most of the people you do business with can't write themselves.
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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 »


Followed by Best of the Badmen (1951) See more »

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Decent B Western
2 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie surprised me. I don't care for Randolph Scott, and reading the description of the movie to include Billie the Kid, Youngers, Sundance Kid, and the Daltons, etc. This seemed like a joke. Clearly a bad movie to waste time on, but I couldn't resist watching it start to see all these headliner bad guys in one gang. I expected to rate the movie no higher than 3.....if I even made it past the first 30 minutes.

Turns out, the movie caught me off guard. In the context of a B Western, it actually works. Seeing Gabby in a 'non-side-kick' role wasn't the disappointment I expected. Seeing them "throw" bullets out of the guns (the classic snap the gun down and fire in one motion), and taking about 2 seconds from pistol blast till the bullet strikes the rock in front of the bad guy, was ok, cause that's classic B Western stuff, and after all this was B Western in the 1940's.

If you're looking for a good old B Western that doesn't have the Duke in it, try this out. I gave it a 7 in spite of myself.

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