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The Badlanders (1958)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 14 December 1958 (UK)
Released from the Yuma Prison in 1898, ex-killer John McBain wants to go straight while ex-robber Peter Van Hoek seeks revenge but their destinies eventually converge in the mining town of Prescott.



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Complete credited cast:
Vincente - The Powder Monkey
John Daheim ...
Lee (as John Day)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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:

14 December 1958 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Geraubtes Gold  »

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Box Office


$1,436,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$970,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,105,000, 31 December 1958
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Sound Mix:

(as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ernest Borgnine, introduced to Yuma through the opening scene setting of this movie(Yuma Territorial Prison) heard there was superb small bird hunting in the area. My dad and I used to see him early mornings at breakfast every fall for years thereafter at the old Stardust Hotel where he stayed while bird hunting. 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 »


Peter Van Hoek: You know, there's not a rich man that doesn't want to be richer.
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Opening credits: Arizona Territorial Prison 1898 See more »


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Excellent Delmer Davies Western
22 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I stumbled onto this one accidentally, and I'm glad I did.

Davies always worked with Borgnine to fine advantage, but the electricity of his pairing with late-in-career Ladd is an unanticipated delight. And, Borgnine's chemistry with then-wife Jurado is hotter still. Couple that with a deliciously foppish performance by feckless Kent Smith and excellent supporting work from Anthony Caruso and Ford Rainey and sharp-edged dialogue. The result is a fast-paced keeper.

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