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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.






Complete credited cast:
Steven Brewster
Emily Branton
Susan Hammer
Rick Valentine
Henry Harrison Hammer
Walt Branton
Stanley Farrar ...
Jake Rayburn
Rankin Mansfield ...
Doc Travis
Vince Branton
Sammy Fielding
Paul Newlan ...
Marshal at Helena
Russ Bender ...
George Johannson
Robert Cunningham ...
Paul Johansson
Cavalry Sergeant
Lee Tung Foo ...


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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Release Date:

1 May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lonesome Gun  »

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2.35 : 1
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When Valentine sits down at the card table he draws and shoots a man at the bar, but his aim is easily three feet to the right. See more »


The Man With the Gallant Gun
Music by Irving Gertz
Lyrics by Hal Levy
Sung by Bob Grabeau
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This B-Western benefits from Emile Meyer's portrayal of a bandit and a much better than average plot.
26 December 1999 | by (Lansing, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Veteran character actor Emile Meyer stands out in this better than average B Western. He is ably supported by Rex Reason and Beverly Garland.

The plot in this film has much more depth than in the standard B flick. Local citizen Rex Reason is whipped and forced to flee the town of Cascade after killing his assailant in a fair fight. In his escape he blunders into the hideout of a bandit gang led by Meyer. Reason falls in love with Beverly Garland, who plays Meyer's daughter. "She's not one of us", Meyer says as the bandits vote to decide whether Reason will die or become one of them. Meyer casts his vote for Reason who becomes one of the gang. Later, Reason is captured in a bank holdup. He is given a choice between going to jail and returning to Cascade as sheriff. It seems that the wife of the man he killed has turned the town into a haven for outlaws. He returns to town and cleans it up in about 5 minutes. Outlaw Meyer is brought to jail by some soldiers. Reason quits his job, gives Meyer the keys and returns to the bandit camp for his lost love. This all sets up the final showdown which turns out pretty much like you'd expect in a B Western.

I enjoyed this film and would highly recommend it. My only problem with this film is that there was more potential in the story than was possible to develop on a B movie budget. As a result, some of the plot elements receive short shrift. Reason's cleaning up of Cascade is a good example. However, Meyer's portrayal of the bandit leader more than compensates for the film's shortcomings. He is very credible in this role.

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