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Angel and the Badman (1947)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 15 February 1947 (USA)
Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

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James Edward Grant
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Quirt Evans
Gail Russell ... Penelope Worth
Harry Carey ... Marshal Wistful McClintock
Bruce Cabot ... Laredo Stevens
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Worth
Lee Dixon ... Randy McCall
Stephen Grant Stephen Grant ... Johnny Worth
Tom Powers ... Dr. Mangram
Paul Hurst ... Frederick Carson
Olin Howland ... Bradley (as Olin Howlin)
John Halloran John Halloran ... Thomas Worth
Joan Barton ... Lila Neal
Craig Woods Craig Woods ... Ward Withers
Marshall Reed ... Nelson
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Storyline

Notorious gunman Quirt Evans is wounded and on the run. He arrives at a Quaker farm owned by Thomas Worth and his family where he collapses from exhaustion. Evans asks Thomas and his daughter Penelope to drive him into town in their wagon in order to send an urgent telegram. The telegram contains a land claim and is sent to the land recorder's office. The Quaker family is ignoring the town doctor's advice to rid themselves of the gunfighter and they compassionately tend to the delirious Evans. Penny Worth becomes intrigued by his ravings of past loves.When Evans regains consciousness, Penny explains to him about the Quaker credo of non-violence and way of life. Three weeks later, two desperadoes, Laredo Stevens and Hondo Jeffries, ride into town looking for Evans.Penny's younger brother, Johnny, rushes home to inform Evans of his visitors and Evans prepares to flee. Penny, now smitten with Evans, offers to run off with him. Upon hearing the sound of approaching horses, Evans grabs his... Written by nufs68

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The dramatic story of a girl in a man's world who taught a killer the real meaning of love! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gun See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,070,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne would later star in two films where his eponymous character carried the name of characters from this movie: Hondo (1953) and McLintock! (1963). See more »

Goofs

When Quirt pushes between the men at the bar, the bartender pours him a drink and then leaves. The owner then arrives asking for some calm. As Quirt leaves the bar, the bar owner can be heard from behind the Baker brothers still imploring them not to fight, but it is the bartender who can be seen. See more »

Quotes

[Carson is getting ready to mount and leave the Worth farm with his baskets of baked goods]
Frederick Carson: Hold my plunder while I get aboard, will ya?
Frederick Carson: [Carson mounts] You know, Mrs. Worth is gonna keep me supplied in pies and I'm gonna bring her over a quarter of beef now and then. Finally come to an understandin' with my neighbors.
Quirt Evans: You sure did.
Frederick Carson: Oh, well, course, you know I was just scared to death when I made that speech to them people. I'm glad you made me do it. makes me feel good. Adios, amigo.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Darling Nelly Gray
(uncredited)
Written by Benjamin Russell Hanby (as Benjamin Russell Hamby (1833-1867))
Performed by Joan Barton and Lee Dixon
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Remarkably Underrated!!!
8 November 1999 | by mariposa-9See all my reviews

ANGEL AND THE BADMAN is a film that many John wayne fans may not have seen; nonetheless it's one of his best that shows a very different side.

Wayne as Quirt Evans is wounded and taken in by a gentle Quaker family. After he recuperates he notices their daughter--the absolutely drop dead gorgeous Gail Russell.

The plot of AATBM is remarkably similar to Harrison Ford's WITNESS (probably a remake).

But what ultimately makes this movie work is Wayne's performance, and Russell's natural "Angelic" qualities. The camera really loves her. There's one scene where she confesses' her love for Wayne, and is surprised he doesn't feel quite the same: "I never thought it could happen to one and not another." Her outright innocence in this scene is incredibly touching, and endearing, and you see how this affects Wayne in the same way.


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