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Badlands of Montana (1957)

Passed | | Western | 1 May 1957 (USA)
A mayoral candidate is booted out of town after he is gulled into a gunfight and kills his rival. This western chronicles his adventures as an outlaw.

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Steven Brewster
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Emily Branton
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Susan Hammer
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Rick Valentine
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Henry Harrison Hammer
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Walt Branton
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Jake Rayburn
Rankin Mansfield ...
Doc Travis
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Vince Branton
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Sammy Fielding
Paul Newlan ...
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George Johannson
Robert Cunningham ...
Paul Johansson
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Lee Tung Foo ...
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A mayoral candidate is booted out of town after he is gulled into a gunfight and kills his rival. This western chronicles his adventures as an outlaw.

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A lash for every crime he did NOT commit!

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1 May 1957 (USA)  »

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The Lonesome Gun  »

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2.35 : 1
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When Steve shoots at the wooden target, plugged bullet holes are clearly visible in it. See more »

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The Man With the Gallant Gun
Music by Irving Gertz
Lyrics by Hal Levy
Sung by Bob Grabeau
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Whips up only minor interest
13 December 2001 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

While there are a few elements and touches in this movie that hint at better things, the overall result never quite rises above the routine level of a black-and-white B-western. It's both watchable and forgettable at the same time.

This movie does provide, however, a good example of how the advertising for a film can deviate from what the film actually offers. One of the posters for "Badlands of Montana" prominently features -- in gaudy color -- a drawing of a shirtless man standing outdoors, hands tied above head, writhing in pain and with an agonized expression on his face as another man, in the background, cracks a whip in a long, sinuous arc. The whip has just struck the back of the shirtless man which is already crisscrossed with bloody welt marks. "A lash for every crime he did NOT commit!" proclaims the ad-line.

The shirtless man is meant to be the lead actor, Rex Reason, though the drawing doesn't much resemble him, and while Reason is whipped in the movie, this scene barely corresponds to the depiction on the poster. In the movie, Reason keeps his shirt on, he's bound in a different way from that shown in the artwork, and he doesn't indulge in the writhing displayed by his advertising counterpart. What's more, he's whipped inside a barn rather than in the outdoor setting shown on the poster.

Perhaps the designers of the poster had not actually seen the completed film when doing their work and had only been told that it contained a scene of Rex Reason being flogged. Perhaps they'd viewed the scene but thought it dull and decided to liven it up. Or perhaps two different versions of the whipping were filmed and the dull version wound up in the final print. In any case, the patron who bought a ticket to "Badlands of Montana" on the basis of that poster must have been very disappointed.

Ironically, the scene in the movie showing Reason being whipped could easily have resembled the scene on the poster. Reason could have had his shirt pulled off prior to his punishment. After all, he had a good physique and wasn't adverse to showing it off. (Just look at all his swimsuit scenes in "The Creature Walks Among Us.") In fact, later in "Badlands," Reason does display a bit of bare torso. And there's no reason he couldn't have been tied up as shown on the poster, rather than in the view-blocking, behind-a-ladder position chosen for the cameras. And the scene could have taken place outside the barn rather than inside it.

Hey, perhaps the artwork staff should have directed the movie to begin with!


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