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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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Details

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, 31 December 1947
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A "quirt" is a short whip with a braided leather tail that is used by cowboys to move cattle while being herded. See more »

Goofs

When Quirt arrives at the saloon, its entrance is in shadow. When Hondo and Laredo come out, they are in full sun. See more »

Quotes

[after Laredo visits the ranch and pays Quirt for the land, Quirt prepares to leave and puts some of the money in a can for the Worths]
Mrs. Worth: Oh no, Quirt, no!
Quirt Evans: What kind of a boarder do you think I am?
Thomas Worth: You can't do that. We'd tend to any wounded human... and not for pay.
Quirt Evans: You don't believe in force - so you can't force me to take it back.
Mrs. Worth: I'm afraid you're outwitted, Thomas.
Quirt Evans: How long have I been here?
Quirt Evans: Almost three weeks.
Quirt Evans: Kinda hate to get goin'.
Mrs. Worth: Oh, but you can't... your leg... you're in no condition ...
[...]
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Darling Nelly Gray
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Written by Benjamin Russell Hamby (1833-1867). Spelling 'Hanby'
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Very highly recommended
19 September 2003 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Fun movie about a cowboy named Quirt (John Wayne) who is wants to reform his ways after he meets a sweet Quaker girl. When he is shot, the Quaker family takes care of him, and after he wakes up the daughter (Gail Russell) falls in love with him. It's goofy and cliché, sure, but there's a really fine movie to be found in the familiar setup. Writer/director Grant create many good vignettes. There are several wonderful supporting characters who add a lot of worth to the proceedings, including Harry Carey as a marshall, Lee Dixon as one of Quirt's friends and old partners in crime, Tom Powers as the local, scientific, atheist doctor, and Olin Howlin as the town telegrapher. Howlin's character is pure comic relief, very humorously claiming a long friendship with Quirt, though he only saw him once when he was almost unconscious. Then Carey's character is wryly comedic: as the marshall, he's constantly stalking Quirt. He's sure that someday he'll get to hang the guy, and he harps on it constantly. The chemistry between Wayne and Russell adds an unexpected poignancy to the film. The scene where the two pick blackberries is simply beautiful, and their wordless climactic exchange is perfectly performed. Good action sequences, as well. 9/10.


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