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Return of the Bad Men (1948)

Approved | | Western | 17 July 1948 (USA)
When part of Oklahoma Territory becomes officially part of the U.S., Vance Cordrell is forced to deal with some of the most infamous outlaws of the Old West.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Charles O'Neal (screenplay), Jack Natteford (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Vance
Robert Ryan ... Sundance Kid
Anne Jeffreys ... Cheyenne
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... John Pettit
Jacqueline White ... Madge Allen
Steve Brodie ... Cole Younger
Tom Keene ... Jim Younger (as Richard Powers)
Robert Bray ... John Younger
Lex Barker ... Emmett Dalton
Walter Reed ... Bob Dalton
Michael Harvey ... Grat Dalton
Dean White Dean White ... Billy the Kid
Robert Armstrong ... Wild Bill Doolin
Tom Tyler ... Wild Bill Yeager
Lew Harvey Lew Harvey ... Arkansas Kid
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Storyline

When part of Indian Territory is incorporated into the United States, good-natured rancher Vance Cordell reluctantly accepts the badge of federal marshal when a flood of notorious outlaws views the new area as ripe for banditry. Included are the Dalton and Younger Gangs, Billy the Kid, and the Sundance Kid led by the notorious Wild Bill Doolin. Cordell has a personal stake in his campaign to eradicate the bad men because of a friend's murder and the robbery of the local bank owned by his future father-in-law. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

PLUNDERING ARMY OF BADMEN! They Tried To Turn Oklahoma Into An Outlaw Empire! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schrecken von Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Tom Tyler would play Frank James in Badman's Territory (1946) and Best of the Badmen (1951) as well as another film, here he plays fictional outlaw Wild Bill Yeager. See more »

Goofs

The sign over the Marshal's office was spelled "Marshall's". There is only one L in Marshal. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dalton: [Referring to Sundance] Why don't you get rid of him?
Wild Bill Doolin: He's a good man as long as you keep him in front of you.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is the following notice: "Except as to true names that are used and as to general historical background, the characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to other actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." See more »

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A few notches above the average Western
30 May 2009 | by holerjunkerSee all my reviews

Two things really distinguish this otherwise typical Scott/Hayes western - Unbelievable cinematography - I cannot believe how lovingly and lushly this film was photographed - amazing evidence of how much impact cinematography alone can have on an otherwise average motion picture.

The other thing is a gleefully ruthless performance by a young Robert Ryan playing The Sundance Kid as one mean, ornery sonuvabee. To say that he put a different spin on the character than Robert Redford did is putting it mildly. Robert Ryan is one of my favorite actors and there is clear evidence here that he had the goods from the very beginning. Just don't turn your back on him.

This film is available as part of the Warner Archive collection and a solid addition to any Western film library.


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