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One of John Wayne's most mystical films, Angel and the Badman is also the first production that Wayne personally produced. The star plays a wounded outlaw who is sheltered by a Quaker family. Attracted to the family's angelic daughter Gail Russell, the hard-bitten Wayne undergoes a slow and subtle character transformation; still, he is obsessed with killing the man (Bruce Cabot) who murdered his foster father. The storyline traces not only the regeneration of Wayne, but of the single-minded sheriff (Harry Carey) who'd previously been determined to bring Wayne to justice. Not a big hit in 1947, Angel and the Badman has since become the most frequently telecast of John Wayne's Republic films, thanks to its lapse into Public Domain status in 1974. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
One of the best of Wayne's Westerns and for the curious reason that in it the Duke goes from one tough hombre to ... to a farmer (?!?). Injured man on the run and fast draw Quirt Evans is sheltered by a family of Quakers and slowly starts to question his life of boozin', rustlin', gamblin', brawlin' and killin'. Well, not brawlin'. Gail Russell is the reason why, and I understand that.
Pretty good western about a man who sees the error of his ways, but the slow pace of the thing kind of kills it. Thankfully it has John Wayne, Bruce Cabot, and the beautiful Gail Russell in it, so it's definitely worth watching. It's just not quite as exciting as an average John Wayne western usually is.
This is a leisurely paced tale of an outlaw (John Wayne) who is befriended by a Quaker family, becomes ensnared by a Quaker girl (Gail Russell) and struggles to give up his past; gun slinger tries to hang up his guns and become a farmer. "Angel and the Badman" is a very enjoyable film with a great love story and recommended for fans of John Wayne.
This was John Wayne's first attempt at producing a movie. It's just a polished up version of the B-movie westerns he was in during the 1930's. The story is a little better, the acting is a little better, but the action is about the same. It came out after World War II when all the guys were coming home from war and starting families. I guess they were saying, "Ok guys, it's time to put your guns away and be nice." Or maybe they were saying was that the only thing needed to cure Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was a good woman. It has as a theme "Good Girls like Bad Boys." It's also a morality play about violence is bad, guns are evil, and pacifism is a good thing. However, at the end of the movie the bad guys still get shot. I'm not sure John Wayne really believed any of that but he must have thought it would make a good movie.
May 13, 2012
This is a better than average John Wayne western. Gail Russell does well as his love interest. It's a simple story, and that's what makes it work.
This is a better than average John Wayne western, and one of his best with Republic. Gail Russell does well as his love interest. It's a simple story, and that's what makes it work. The story is unusual for a western and has more substance.
One of my favorite John Wayne movies. It's one of his earlier ones (so he's kinda hot) and you can see the chemistry between him and Gail Russell (probably cause they were having an affair at the time, but that's beyond the point). Go see it.
John Wayne is great in this. He shows his softer side. After getting injured, a Quaker family takes him in to help him recover. The daughter in the family begins to fall for him. He also begins to fall for her. He goes to their Quaker meetings and respects their rules. Of course there is a gun fight at the end. There is something here for men and women. Great movie. I highly recommend this.