Angel and the Bad Man
|Director||James Edward Grant|
|Key Cast||John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot, Irene Rich|
|Film Type||Black and White|
An Early John Wayne Film with Jane Russell as His Co-Star
When he arrives wounded on their doorstep, gunslinger Quirt Evans (John Wayne) doesn’t realize that his life is about to change.
While he is being nursed back to health, Quirt falls in love with the beautiful woman taking care of him, Penelope Worth (Gail Russell). It turns out that Penelope and her family are all Quakers and do not believe in any form of violence, which is completely counter to the life that Quirt Evans has been living his entire life.
In fact, Quirt has vowed to avenge the death of his foster father by killing the man that he believes murdered him – Laredo Stevens (Bruce Cabot). However, as Quirt increasingly comes under the romantic spell of Penelope, he realizes that he must also choose her Quaker way of living if he is going to marry her.
Can Quirt leave the life he knows? Will Stevens and his gang allow him to do it and live peaceably?
• “Angel and the Badman” was the first film ever produced by John Wayne. The head of Republic Studios, Herbert Yates, agreed to let Wayne produce this movie because he didn’t want the actor to leave and go to another studio. After producing this picture, John Wayne went on to produce 21 more films during his career. When he made the western, “Seven Men From Now,” he cast his co-star from this movie, Gail Russell, as the lead actress with Randolph Scott.
• Silent screen legend, Irene Rich, stars in this movie as Mrs. Worth, the mother of Penelope. Rich’s acting career began in 1918 and she starred in over 100 films during her career. She is one of the few people on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to have two stars – one for radio and another one for motion pictures.
• James Edward Grant wrote and directed “Angel and the Badman.” This was the only western that Grant directed, but he wrote screenplays for many classic, well-known western movies – Hondo, The Last Wagon, The Comancheros, McLintock, The Alamo and Support Your Local Gunfighter. Grant is credited with writing screenplays for over 55 programs during his career.
• “Angel and the Badman” was shot on location in Sedona, Arizona and Monument Valley, Utah.
Angel and the Badman Movie DVD
John Wayne is a tough man with a gun who finally meets his match in the most unexpected place with the most unexpected woman. When he falls in love with a beautiful Quaker woman named Penelope (Gail Russell), he is forced to decide between a life of violence or a life of peace with the woman that he loves. But, his past and his enemies may not even allow him to make the choice.
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