Quirt Evens 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 from his world or the world from which Penelope lives by. He lived only for revenge...She lived only for his love!
Running Time: 100 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
Big-time western drama has resulted from John Wayne's first production effort. Angel and the Badman is solid entertainment way above what might be expected from its western locale and characters. It's loaded with sharp performances, honest writing and direction.
Story essentials deal with a hot gunman of the early west who is succored by a family of Quakers when he falls wounded on its doorstep. There is a gradual absorption of the family's formula for living by the bad man, and in the end he turns to the soil and the religion in a perfectly believable manner. Reformation is achieved not only through his love for the daughter of the Quaker family but through gradual realization that the faith of the Friends is a solid basis for achievement of happiness.
Wayne does his best job since Stagecoach as the gunman. Gail Russell has never been seen to better advantage as the frank and honest Quaker girl who falls in love and actually pursues the gunman. Role is played with an intelligent interpretation of the attraction between the sexes. Harry Carey makes his sheriff role a stout contributer to the general worth of this feature.
Archie J. Stout's camera takes full advantages of the wide open western scenery and other production dress.
One of my all-time favorite movies and, in my opinion, one of Waynes best. This one's got it all. Comedy, drama, and redemption. Both the John Wayne and Gail Russell give fine lead performances supported by a colorful cast of characters. I highly recommend this movie to all John Wayne fans. . (amazon.com)
James Edward Grant
James Edward GRant
John Wayne ... Quirt Evans
Gail Russell ... Penelope Worth
Harry Carey ... Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock
Bruce Cabot ... Laredo Stevens
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Worth
Lee Dixon ... Randy McCall - Quirt's Partner
Stephen Grant ... Johnny Worth
Tom Powers ... Dr. Mangram
Paul Hurst ... Frederick Carson - Worth's Neighbor
Olin Howland ... Bradley - Town Telegrapher (as Olin Howlin)
John Halloran ... Thomas Worth
Joan Barton ... Lila Neal - Saloon Singer ("The Western Nightingale") in Red Rock)
Craig Woods ... Ward Withers
Marshall Reed ... Nelson - Quaker Blacksmith
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