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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2014, 05:26:15 AM »

After a stormy start the film reposes mostly on beaten paths. 5/10

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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2014, 06:47:27 AM »

It's true that there is nothing new about the story (I even mentioned today in the RTLMYS thread that I just saw a 1934 movie called HIDE-OUT that is basically the same story, just switch gunslinger taken in by pioneer Quaker family with gangster taken in by Connecticut farm family, and switch John Wayne/Gail Russell with Robert Montgomery/Maureen O'Sullivan.) But as has been evidenced again and again, the right cast can take any story - even one that seems uninteresting/simple/cliched/predictable or whatever other term you can think of - and make it enjoyable to watch.

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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2014, 11:59:30 AM »

I'm more interested in directing than in the cast.
But Angel and the Badman hasn't a great cast either. Wayne was a forgettable actor in these years. And if the characters are boring the actors won't change this. The best westerns of these "lost years" of Wayne between Stagecoach and Fort Apache are The Spoilers and Tall in the Saddle. And Dark Command.

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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2014, 03:47:43 AM »

ANGEL AND THE BADMAN will be playing on TCM today, Friday, at noon EST

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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2014, 03:28:02 PM »

I'm more interested in directing than in the cast.
But Angel and the Badman hasn't a great cast either. Wayne was a forgettable actor in these years. And if the characters are boring the actors won't change this. The best westerns of these "lost years" of Wayne between Stagecoach and Fort Apache are The Spoilers and Tall in the Saddle. And Dark Command.

I just saw Tall in the Saddle (thanks for the recommendation  Wink ) I liked that one. Started watching The Spoilers but shut it off after not too long, didn't interest me, another annoying love triangle between a good girl and a bad girl, blah blah blah. Maybe I'd have been wrong, but I didn't wanna spend an hour-and-a-half finding out.

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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2014, 04:30:42 PM »

You need not to wait 90 min to find out. It is more or less clear from the first minute on, but thankfully without being boring. But apart from that Scott enjoys his baddie role, the film has some good action, and the characters are effectively enough fleshed out for this kind of film, which can't be hurt by spoilers. 6/10

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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2017, 03:34:46 PM »

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Angel and the Badman is written and directed by James Edward Grant. It stars John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot, Irene Rich, Lee Dixon and Stephen Grant. Music is by Richard Hageman and cinematography by Archie J. Stout.

Quirt Evans (Wayne), a notorious gunman is hurt and on the run. Taken in by The Worth's, a Quaker family, Quirt forms a "special" bond with daughter Penelope (Russell). With the law and other badmen on his tail, will Quirt change his ways before it's too late?

John Wayne's first film as a producer and star is also his most romantic. That's not to say it lacks action or Wayne's fine tuning of his macho image is halted, because that's not the case, but this carries a dreamy like old fashioned value that has helped the film endear over the years. It's a touch too slow at times for its own good and runs for ten minutes longer than was needed, things that no doubt stunted its financial growth at the 1947 box office, but there is much to enjoy here.

Technical values are high, from Stout's photography that beautifully realises locations in Sedona, Arizona (Monument Valley standing out, naturally!), to cast performances from Carey, Wayne and the gorgeous Miss Russell (chemistry unbound between the three actors), film never lacks for quality. Memorable scenes are plenty, such as The Duke sitting in a chair facing down three henchmen led by Cabot's Laredo Stevens; his gun empty, a free-for-all punch up in a saloon, and some very tender moments between Wayne and Russell. While narratively there's the deft pitching of Quaker values into a wild west setting.

A lovely film which also manages to pump the adrenaline as well. 7.5/10

DVD version viewed was Region 2 taken out of the John Wayne Out West 6 film Box Set. A good quality black and white print.

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