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Bad Men of Tombstone (1949)

Approved | | Western | 22 January 1949 (USA)
A marshal goes up against a collection of vicious outlaws terrorizing his town.


(as Kurt Newman)


(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Newton ...
Ma Brown
Mr. Smith
Mr. Jones
Leadville Sheriff
John Stover
Matilda Stover
Julie Gibson ...
Dolly Lane
Ted Hecht ...
Mine Superintendent


During the gold-rush days, Tom Horn is jailed for an assay office holdup at Gold City, after he loses his money and horse to cardsharp Blackie. Tom escapes with cell-mate Morgan, when the latter's men, Mingo, Red and Curly, rescue him from the jail. Mingo, and most of the gang, dislike Tom and they have lean times until Tom, using Morgan's gun, robs the Blue Goose Mining Company, where Julie works. The gang hides out in a ghost town from where they rob a train, and Tom saves Morgan's life. Tom and Julie become sweethearts, and he promises her wealth and a trip to San Francisco. But the gang begins to unravel. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Storming out of the badlands to loot the golden west...their wild reign of terror roused the toughest gun town of them all to roaring vengeance! See more »




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Release Date:

22 January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Goldräuber von Tombstone  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »


The Girl on the Flying Trapeze
Written by Clarence Marks and Kurt Neumann
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Outlaw Barry Sullivan joins up with Broderick Crawford's gang
15 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bad Men of Tombstone" (1949), as others have noted, makes a bid to be a noir western. The movie has cinematography by Russell Harlan, who was doing a great many noirs in this era. Music is by RKO man Roy Webb. The cast is strong. This is a good western, but my opinion is that it does not all come together to become a really strong or masterful entry. The two soft spots are script and direction. There is not enough strong conflict brought out in the Yordan-Strawn script, and what is there is developed in too bland and perfunctory a way by director Kurt Neumann. We needed more tension and sharper etching of characters for this to be elevated from its average status. Given the skills of the cast, the result is okay but somewhat disappointing.

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