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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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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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Western

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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 Girl on the Flying Trapeze
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A Noirish Western That Can't Sustain The Potential
23 June 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This had mediocre B movie Western branded all over it . Co-written by Philip Yordan whose main output at the time was indeed B movie Westerns one didn't hold out much hope for this . Even the title conjures up images of men having to do what men have to do . When the melodramatic music blazed across the screen you just knew you're going to be watch Western melodrama

Yordan did write THE BIG COMBO a few years later , a film that is now regarded as a Film Noir classic and BAD MEN OF TOMBSTONE does have a relatively nourish feel to it . Tom Horn finds himself cheated at a game of cards which leads to him being imprisoned in the town jail where he meets William Morgan who has a plan to break out . Teaming up with Morgan's gang Horn finds himself as a fugitive as he plans his revenge

You're not watching a Western where the lines between black and white are clearly drawn and there is a streak of amorality running throughout the movie . Horn quite happily joins on robberies carried out by the Morgan gang though it is noticeable that Horn doesn't kill anyone who doesn't deserve a bullet . The final third is let down by an unlikely love affair and then as you might expect the resolution is fairly predictable but for a film that I expected to be mediocre it did exceed my expectations to an extent


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