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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 own.

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Marjorie Reynolds ...
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Fortunio Bonanova ...
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John Kellogg ...
Curly
Mary Newton ...
Ma Brown
Dennis Hoey ...
Mr. Smith
Morris Ankrum ...
Mr. Jones
Robert Barrat ...
Leadville Sheriff
Louis Jean Heydt ...
John Stover
Virginia Carroll ...
Matilda Stover
Julie Gibson ...
Dolly Lane
Ted Hecht ...
Blackie
Joseph Crehan ...
Mine Superintendent
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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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22 January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Goldräuber von Tombstone  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The Last of the Bad Men.
28 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bad Men of Tombstone is directed by Kurt Neumann and adapted to screenplay by Philip Yordan and Arthur Strawn from the novel The Last of the Bad Men written by Jay Monaghan. It stars Barry Sullivan, Broderick Crawford, Marjorie Reynolds, Fortunio Bonanova and Guinn Williams. Music is by Roy Webb and cinematography by Russell Harlan.

Mightily as solid as it is macho, Bad Men of Tombstone is worthy of viewing investment by those with a bent for noirish Westerns. Story is standard fare, where a group of desperadoes live the criminal life but start to squabble and bicker as personalities clash and mistrust pulses away. There is a dearth of good people here, pretty much everyone is bad, tainted by bitterness or out for revenge. A romantic interest is inevitably perched on the plotting, and gunfights, brooding and a bleak finale are on the way. Script is a good one, allowing the characters room to breathe, Neumann keeps things brisk and Harlan's moody black and white photography is classy. 7/10


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