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Badman's Territory (1946)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance, 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.


Tim Whelan


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




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 ... 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


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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The Famous Raid by the DALTON GANG, Reenacted Vividly in a Climactic Action Episode (original poster) See more »


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Did You Know?


Ben Johnson appears uncredited as a member of Marshal Hampton's posse. He even has a line or two of dialogue. He and the marshal and another deputy dismount and enter a building on location. In the next shot, the studio interior, Hampton and the deputy come through the door, but not Ben, he has disappeared and is seen no more. See more »


Jesse James is alive and active during this movie. According to the dated newspaper, this story takes place in 1890 - 8 years after Jesse was shot by Mr. Howard. See more »


The Coyote Kid: [to Mark] Daggone it, Sheriff, you should have been an outlaw!
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Followed by Return of the Bad Men (1948) See more »


Red River Valley
19th Century Canadian-American folk song
Played on saloon piano
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Great Scott! Lousy movie!
11 August 2006 | by JimB-4See all my reviews

Perhaps the most disjointed, incomprehensible major studio film I've ever seen. I defy anyone to accurately encapsulize the plot in a sentence or even ten. I just watched this film and have no idea what it is about. Now, I love Westerns. I am almost fanatic in my appreciation of Randolph Scott and George 'Gabby' Hayes, and both of them are terrific in this movie. But the script is word spaghetti. The leading lady, Ann Richards, speaks with a British accent for no discernible plot reason, and she gives a performance slightly less believable than might have been obtained from a brick. Outlaw gangs from all over the West and all over the 19th century are thrown together without much apparent purpose other than their name value. Nothing much of interest or accuracy happens with any of them. Nestor Paiva, quite at home playing Italian peasants or gangsters, is bizarrely cast as Texas outlaw Sam Bass, who in real life died at 27, fourteen years younger than Paiva. Chief Thundercloud portrays the Arapaho chief Tahlequah, despite the fact that Tahlequah is a Cherokee name. Geography is tossed about like a piñata; Scott takes a pleasant little day ride on horseback from one end of Oklahoma to the other and back, an actual distance of about 750 miles, and the geographical location is actually referred to officially as "Badman's Territory." As if. None of this would matter if the movie were any good. History, geography, and real-life logic have been tossed willy-nilly into the air quite entertainingly in many movies before and since. But with the entertaining ones, it was possible usually to follow the story. It's great fun to watch Scott, and Hayes gives a particularly enjoyable and offbeat performance. But that's all, brother.

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Release Date:

4 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Badman's Territory See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (re-release) (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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