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Badman's Territory (1946)

Passed | | Western | 4 May 1946 (USA)
Sheriff Mark Rowley and his brother John find themselves in an annexed area of Indian Territory which is home to notorious outlaws like Jesse James and Sam Bass.

Director:

Tim Whelan

Writers:

Jack Natteford (original screenplay), Luci Ward (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Mark Rowley
Ann Richards ... Henryetta Alcott
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Coyote
Ray Collins ... Col. Farewell
James Warren ... John Rowley
Morgan Conway ... Marshal Bill Hampton
Virginia Sale ... Meg
John Halloran John Halloran ... Hank McGee
Andrew Tombes ... Doc Grant
Richard Hale ... Ben Wade
Harry Holman ... Hodge
Chief Thundercloud ... Chief Tahlequah
Lawrence Tierney ... Jesse James
Tom Tyler ... Frank James
Steve Brodie ... Bob Dalton
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Storyline

After some gun play with a posse, the James Gang head for Quinto in a section of land which is not a part of America. Anyone there is beyond the law so the town is populated with outlaws. Next to arrive is Sheriff Rowley, following his brother whom the Gang have brought in injured. Rowley has no authority and gets on well enough with the James boys but is soon involved in other local goings-on, including a move to vote for annexation with Oklahoma which would allow the law well and truly in. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

WANTED FOR MURDER AND ROBBERY --- THE DALTON BROTHERS --- THE JAMES BOYS (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Land der Banditen See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 19 November 1954
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1941, Randolph Scott co-starred along with Gene Tierney in the Twentieth Century Fox's production, Belle Starr. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie when the outlaws are leaving Quinto for Texas, the newspaper lady watches them leave and then turns to write a column. The calendar on the wall shows the 1st on a Sunday and 31 days in the month. This could be March of 1891 or December of 1889; however, later in the movie the newspaper with the blank advertising block is dated September 21, 1890. So, the wall calendar in the newspaper office is incorrect (it's either the previous year - 1889- or the next year - 1891). See more »

Quotes

Henryette Alcott: [Referring to the plunging neckline on her dress] Meg, you don't think it's cut too low, do you?
Meg: [Sarcastically] It'll never choke you to death.
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Connections

Referenced in The Long Night (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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You can't clean up Quinto with printers ink!
7 May 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Badman's Territory is directed by Tim Whelan and written by Jack Natteford and Luci Ward. It stars Randolph Scott, George Hayes, Ann Richards, Ray Collins, James Warren, Morgan Conway, Virginia Sale and John Halloran. Music is by Roy Webb and cinematography by Robert de Grasse.

The area known as Badman's Territory is a sort of no mans land not yet governed by statehood. No law resides there, the citizens themselves run the area, so as it stands it has become a safe haven for the outlaws and ragamuffins of the West. Into the Badman's Territorial town of Quinto comes lawman Mark Rowley (Scott), who after trailing his injured deputy brother into the area, finds a town bursting at the seams with political intrigue.

A lively Oater out of RKO, Badman's Territory is only really guilty of cramming too much onto its plate of beans. The town of Quinto is home to some of the Wild West's most notable criminals, such as The James and Dalton Gangs et al, it's also home to many shifty politician types, Indians (as it's their land), business men, a leading lady of the press (Richards) and of course Randolph Scott and his bro played by James Warren.

The writers take these character threads and try and weave them all together into a cohesive whole, thus we get an outlaw backdrop that never really materialises, a power of the press motif that apparently needed a romantic angle to push it along, and the looming annexation of the area into the Union provides the heartbeat of the story but comes off as a complex narrative piece since so much is going on. While director Whelan is required to insert a horse race, a square dance and the obligatory shoot-out to ensure nobody is bogged down by the ever present politico chatter.

Scott is as always splendid in this environment, a natural, while Richards does fine work with a pleasingly strong female lead role. "Gabby" Hayes provides the lively comic relief and Conway is suitably oily as crooked lawman William Hampton. However, again because there is so much going on, supporting actors like Lawrence Tierney and Steve Brodie (Jessie James and Bob Dalton respectively) barely get time to impact on proceedings. Which since this is called Badman's Territory is a bit of a bum steer. But in spite of the too many cooks spoiling the broth theme at work, it's watchable stuff and definitely one for Randolph Scott fans to seek out. 6/10


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