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Badman's Country (1958)

Approved | | Western | 2 August 1958 (USA)
Showdown in Abilene between lawmen Pat Garrett, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Butch Cassidy's gang over a large shipment of money arriving by train.

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Pat Garrett arrives in Abilene where he catches five of Butch Cassidy's gang. He calls in Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and they learn there is a half million dollar shipment of money arriving by train and Cassidy is amassing enough men to take it. They also realize he has tapped the telegraph line and they send a false message saying the money is already in the Abilene bank. But the townspeople not only refuse to fight but they release the prisoners trying to avoid a gungight in their town. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Warner's Big Six-Gun Saga!

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Gun Trap at Abilene  »

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When the wounded marshal sees a gunman about to kill Buffalo Bill, he fires his shotgun at him. However, the sound that comes out - obviously added in during post-production - is that of a pistol. See more »

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Lorna Pardee: I saw it today, Pat. Even without your badge, you were the lawman. You took over.
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Badman's Country
Written by Robert E. Kent
Sung by The Mellowmen
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Run-of-the-mill, second-rate western
9 January 2012 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Routine, by-the-numbers western about Pat Garrett, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill and Bat Masterson joining forces--which, in reality, never happened--to fight off Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang in their attack on Abilene, Texas, to rob a bank--which, in reality, never happened either. But even if there weren't the overabundance of historical inaccuracies in this film, it still wouldn't be very good. It's a very low-budget affair and its cheapness shows in every frame, from the cardboard sets to the poorly lit and badly photographed exterior scenes. The action scenes are few and far between and not done very well when they do occur; the setpiece near the end, when the bandits attack the town, is predictable, poorly staged and about as exciting as watching paint dry. It's got a decent supporting cast-- Morris Ankrum, Buster Crabbe, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Devon--but star George Montgomery just seems to be going through the motions and Neville Brand is sorely miscast as head bad guy Butch Cassidy. Fred F. Sears was a mediocre director at best, and he doesn't rise above his reputation with this film.

The "novelty" of having a group of real-life figures working together may be enough of a reason to watch this dull, listless oater for some people, but that's pretty much all--if anything--it has going for it.


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