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« on: January 04, 2009, 04:17:29 PM »

First Wayne production, it has little to warrant a vision, but 2 or 3 elements rescue it from anonimity. Gail Russell looks like a woman (yeah, Jenkins) and the actor playing the sheriff delivers a performance reminding me of Meurisse in Deuxiéme Souffle.  Some stunts, particularly the one of the plunge into the river by Canutt are impressive. But the pace is unbearably slow, the action is sparse (even the final duel, which could have been much better handled, is wasted by lack of courage. But there's a great moment, coming unexpectedly and well-handled, when Wayne is suddenly terrified by the idea of settling down and goes back to his badder ways, the moment when he is presented a Bible which, unexpectedly again for a movie made in the '40's, is then used by his pard as a quotation book for grisly deaths. Watch it, if you have the patience of going through 85' of molasses. 

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 05:53:28 PM »

Gail Russell looks like a woman (yeah, Jenkins)
It's all in her eyes. That gal's got gaze, man.

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 06:05:14 PM »

It's all in her eyes. That gal's got gaze, man.

Again with the gaze, Jenkins.

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2009, 06:48:37 PM »

It's all in her eyes. That gal's got gaze, man.

You're on a wrong track on this as you were yesterday on Barbara Lawrence's book. What makes the difference is she is less puffy on this

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than she was in Seven Men From Now (and 10 years younger) and that publicity still I posted at the time. She is also probably less intoxicated (don't know from what, though: alcohol, sedatives?) or whatever it was that reduced to what she looks in the later movie. Her eyes do little for me in this, though they are more alive than later. it is more her oval, her delicate features of her face, her general air of youthfulness.   

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009, 08:02:40 PM »

Yeah, she was a boozer. It took her looks, her health, her life.

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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2009, 02:29:49 PM »

Hulu's got it: http://www.hulu.com/watch/63052/angel-and-the-badman

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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2013, 04:38:07 PM »

Savant has nice things to say about the new Blu: http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4255bad.html

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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2014, 10:17:37 PM »

I just saw this movie on TCM.... simple story, not an interesting story, a story that's probably been done a bunch of times, a bunch of thees and thous, I was all set to roll my eyes and laugh it off.... and yet.... and yet...... the cast makes this work. At first I enjoyed myself over how silly it seemed, but ultimately, I actually enjoyed myself, period. I can't believe it, but I'm giving this baby a 7/10  Smiley

btw, doesn't Wayne looks pretty skinny and weak here?

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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2014, 10:39:21 AM »

I just saw this movie on TCM.... simple story, not an interesting story, a story that's probably been done a bunch of times, a bunch of thees and thous, I was all set to roll my eyes and laugh it off.... and yet.... and yet...... the cast makes this work. At first I enjoyed myself over how silly it seemed, but ultimately, I actually enjoyed myself, period. I can't believe it, but I'm giving this baby a 7/10  Smiley

btw, doesn't Wayne looks pretty skinny and weak here?
As opposed to fat and weak?

I agree about the cast, but especially Gail Russell, who I find, especially at this period, pretty mesmerizing. Evidently the Duke felt the same way.

Btw, you're showing your essential religious bigotry by making fun of characters using "thees" and "thous." The Society of Friends are sincere in their application of such terms to communicate intimacy (or they were; I'm not sure they still use them today). An interesting film that respects the convention and has some good-natured fun with it can be found in the Karloff film, Bedlam.

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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2014, 12:57:50 PM »

Its not about making fun of the thees and thous; it's about whether that sort of thing is interesting to me as a movie viewer.
Lotsa serious/solemn things are not interesting to watch in a movie.

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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2014, 01:01:48 PM »

Yes, Gail Russell is lovely.
(if you believe Michael Munn's biography), Wayne always claimed he was just Russell's friend, I think he was tryin to help her out, it's well-known that she had a paralyzing shyness and was never cut out to be a movie star, Wayne said lotsa Hollywood peeps took advantage of her on the casting couch, but somehow I don't think I buy Wayne's story about just being friends.
Btw, this movie has a good line, about the gunfighter/ladies man: "He's closed the eyes of many a man and opened the eyes of many a woman." Cheesy




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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2014, 04:31:33 PM »

"He's closed the eyes of many a man and opened the eyes of many a woman." Cheesy
Yup, I wouldn't mind being able to claim that as my own.  Afro

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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2014, 04:13:56 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyiirU6npQ0

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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2014, 05:41:10 PM »

Thanks. This one, though, doesn't have a braying jackass at the beginning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Apvd90YswQ

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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2014, 02:58:44 AM »

TCM will be showing Angel and the Badman today, Friday 4/11/14, at 8:15 AM EST
http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.html?tz=EST&sdate=2014-04-11

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