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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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'Wild Bill Yeager' / Wild Bill Yeager
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'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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Final (#427) film of Ernie Adams'. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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At the end of the credits, there is the following notice: "Except as to true names that are used and as to general historical background, the characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to other actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." See more »

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More than another "middling Western"
19 November 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

What an oddly compelling film this is. Using the usual array of Westerns clichés, Enright directs an excellent cast with a light touch of noir. The RKO production team enhances the scenes and the takes - I don't think I've ever seen a bad guy knock out a saloon window in a gunfight then poke the gun through a cobweb while firing! This was Randolph Scott's bread and butter, though like Joel McCrea, he could pull on some mighty acting chops when needed. Add Robert Ryan (steely-eyed wooden evil), George "Gabby" Hayes (His old self subdued as a banker), Anne Jeffries, Robert Armstrong and a strong supporting cast, decent production values and the ability to take each cliché just a step more personally, and you've got a pretty engaging film - Western or no.


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