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.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Angel and the Badman (1947)
Reel Popcorn Junkie is a reporter with a newspaper in the province of Ontario in Canada. He began writing film reviews when he was a student at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont. Reel Popcorn Junkie continues to write entertainment copy for a daily newspaper, but not film reviews. Reel Popcorn Junkie always orders a regular popcorn, with no butter, when he attends the cinema.