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Badman's Country (1958)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 2 August 1958 (USA)
Showdown in Abilene between lawmen Pat Garrett, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Butch Cassidy's gang over a large shipment of money arriving by train.

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writer:

Orville H. Hampton (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Montgomery ... Pat Garrett
Neville Brand ... Butch Cassidy
Buster Crabbe ... Wyatt Earp
Karin Booth ... Lorna Pardee
Gregory Walcott ... Bat Masterson
Malcolm Atterbury ... Buffalo Bill Cody
Russell Johnson ... Sundance
Richard Devon ... Harvey Logan
Morris Ankrum ... Mayor Coleman
Dan Riss ... Marshal McAfee
The Mellowmen Quartet The Mellowmen Quartet ... Saloon Singers (as The Mellowmen)
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Storyline

Pat Garrett arrives in Abilene where he catches five of Butch Cassidy's gang. He calls in Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and they learn there is a half million dollar shipment of money arriving by train and Cassidy is amassing enough men to take it. They also realize he has tapped the telegraph line and they send a false message saying the money is already in the Abilene bank. But the townspeople not only refuse to fight but they release the prisoners trying to avoid a gungight in their town. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE FIRST STORY THAT BRINGS THEM TOGETHER! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun Trap at Abilene See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Released after director Fred Sears' death. See more »

Goofs

When the wounded marshal sees a gunman about to kill Buffalo Bill, he fires his shotgun at him. However, the sound that comes out - obviously added in during post-production - is that of a pistol. See more »

Quotes

Lorna Pardee: I saw it today, Pat. Even without your badge, you were the lawman. You took over.
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Soundtracks

Badman's Country
Written by Robert E. Kent
Sung by The Mellowmen
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Fantasy about some of the west's greatest heroes going up against the worst outlaw band ever.
13 March 2006 | by dougbrodeSee all my reviews

Talk about wish fulfillment! Badman's Country appeared on screen at just about the time when B westerns were disappearing owing to TV, which had already lionized Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian) and Bat Masterson (Alan Dinehart and, later, Gene Barry) and would shortly do so for Pat Garrett (Barry Sullivan). Here, all three (played by different performers, of course) are collected together (along with an aging Buffalo Bill, who apparently deserted his Wild West show to join in this gunfight) to find Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and The Wild Bunch. The simple fact that none of this is in any way historical (other than the characters' names) hardly dims the modest fun of a solid B western with a grand slam shoot-out finale. Incidentally, Neville Brand, who plays Butch here, also did the role as the lead in The Three Outlaws, which I'll bet you anything William Goldman saw before he wrote his famous 1969 movie on the subject! Buster Crabbe, in one of his final roles, makes for an intriguing Wyatt Earp. This might be considered something of an apotheosis of all the B western scenarios coming together for the low-budget predecessor to How the West Was Won. Great fun, of a certain sort, and never a dull moment.


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