The Badlanders (1958)

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Two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma in 1898. One, the Dutchman, is out to get both gold and revenge from the people of a small mining town who had him ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Peter Van Hoek ('The Dutchman')
John 'Mac' McBain
Claire Kelly ...
Ada Winton
Kent Smith ...
Cyril Lounsberry
Vincente (The Powder Monkey)
Robert Emhardt ...
Ford Rainey ...
John Daheim ...
Lee (as John Day)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Baxley ...
Diane (scenes deleted)
Zina Provendie ...
Dorothy Lounsberry (scenes deleted)


Two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma in 1898. One, the Dutchman, is out to get both gold and revenge from the people of a small mining town who had him imprisoned unjustly. The other, McBain, is just trying to go straight, but that is easier said than done once the Dutchman involves him in his gold theft scheme. Written by Alfred Jingle

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A treasure to steal...a woman to win...a past to forget...


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

18 December 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Geraubtes Gold  »

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(as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The opening scene, of Alan Ladd's character being released from prison, was, as scripted, actually filmed at the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona. See more »


At the beginning of the movie a group of prisoners chained in tandem with leg irons shuffles its way to the river for a "bath". As they approach the guard at the water's edge they are handed a bar of soap. the second prisoner in line holds out his left hand and is given a bar of soap. In the next scene this prisoner has no soap and holds out his hand again to receive the bar a second time. See more »


The Marshal: Oh, that suite is taken. So is every room in the hotel. And every other hotel in town. You might try the stable across the bridge.
Peter Van Hoek: I like horses, Marshal, but not as roommates.
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Opening credits: Arizona Territorial Prison 1898 See more »


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one of Daves' less ambitious but also one of his best.
25 March 2007 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is one of Delmer Daves' less ambitious westerns, but also one of his best. You would not see Alan Ladd playing more complex characters, like Richard Widmark, Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford or James Stewart, which were in other Daves' westerns. But Daves was able to make the most out of it and Badlanders is an entertaining, fast paced western, about two men who have been cheated out of what belonged to them, and decide to rob a mine. They would get rich and also revenge themselves. Ernest Borgnine and Katy Jurado give the best performances of the film, both play people who have had a terrible life but find hope in each other's arms. Claire Kelly has a small, but significant role, as the mistress of the mine's owner. Badlanders deserves to be released in DVD with widescreen in order to take full advantage of the fact that it was filmed in Cinemascope.

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