Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Angel and the Badman (1947)

This film starts with a bang, but ends up fizzling at times.

Angel and the Badman is one of only two films to be directed by James Edward Grant.

The 1947 feature starts with real promise - a man, shown only up to his waist, firing his pistol before running away.

That would be Quirt Evans (John Wayne), an outlaw who always outlives his opponents.

Evans' latest escape attempt ends up with him in rough shape. He's taken in by Quakers (John Halloran and Irene Rich). Their daughter, Penelope (Gail Russell), is quickly drawn to the badly hurt Quirt.

Quirt, a ladies' man and on the wrong side of the law, warms to domesticity with Penelope. But an old marshal, a friend with a lucrative proposition and other lawbreakers with a score to settle, threaten his newfound happiness.

Watch for the print you watch. The copy of Angel and the Badman I borrowed from my library had some dialogue that was impossible to hear.

RATING: 6/10

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