Angel and the Badman (February 15, 1947)

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John Wayne in Angel and the Badman
 

Released February 15, 1947: (running time 100 minutes) Pennny Worth is a Pennsylvania Quaker girl living in Kansas, who nurses gunslinger Quirt Evans back to health and tries to win his love using Quaker ideals.

Produced by John Wayne

Directed by James Edward Grant

The Actors: John Wayne (Quirt Evans), Gail Russell (Penelope 'Penny' Worth), Harry Carey (Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock), Bruce Cabot (Laredo Stevens), Irene Rich (Mrs. Worth), Lee Dixon (Randy McCall, Quirt's friend), Stephen Grant (Johnny Worth), Tom Powers (Dr. Mangram), Paul Hurst (Frederick Carson, Worth's neighbor), Olin Howland (Bradley, the town telegraph operator), John Halloran (Thomas Worth), Joan Barton (Lila Neal the saloon singer), Craig Woods (Ward Withers), Marshall Reed (Nelson, the Quaker blacksmith), Doc Adams (Quaker man), Rosemary Bertrand (Christine Taylor), Symona Boniface (the dance hall madam), Bob Burns (Quaker meeting member), Wade Crosby (Baker brother number 2), Steve Darrell (gambler), Kenne Duncan (gambler), Geraldine Farnum (saloon girl), Louis Faust (Hondo Jeffries, guy that gets hit with tree branch and knocked off his horse), Paul Fix (Mouse Marr), Pat Flaherty (Baker brother), Lew Harvey (gambler), Jack Kirk (Carson ranch hand), Rex Lease (roulette croupier), Cactus Mack (Quaker), LeRoy Mason (Lefty Wilson), Jack Montgomery (Carson ranch hand), Bert Moorhouse (gambler), Al Murphy (bartender), William Newell (head waiter), Jack O'Shea (barfly), Eddie Parker (Baker brother), Stanley Price (gambler), John Shay (gambler), Jack Stoney (Baker brother), Ken Terrell (brawl spectator), Tony Travers (Hernan), Crane Whitley (townsman), Norman Willis (gambler), Hank Worden (townsman)

 

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The Gunslinger and the Lady

Papa was a preacher, a Pentecostal, holy-roller, speaking in tongues preacher. His upbringing was Mennonite. His great-great-great grandfather Jacob Bergi traveled from Switzerland to Philadelphia in 1733 in search of a home where his ‘different’ beliefs about life would be tolerated. He was ‘different’ from most Europeans of that time, and with other immigrants like himself the ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ Americans became a unique part of the American fabric that lives on even today.

My father didn’t remain a strict Mennonite after he learned about the great religious revival on Azusa Street in Los Angeles that began about the time he was born. People of all races and social status were worshiping together and amazing things were happening that changed their lives dramatically. The stories of such great things happening caused him to have a passion for preaching that he had until he died.

I have not only strayed from the Mennonite church, but have also strayed from the denomination that my father preached for . . . but my heart . . . my beliefs . . . . my actions, are all the product of the way my father thought, acted and believed. I dare say that my lifestyle and personal creed would not fit into many of the church buildings today, but because of my heritage, I am not afraid to be ‘different’ . . . . And my willingness to listen to the still, small inside voice more than the advice and council of others has led me to a place that this movie displays in action, if not in word. I put it into words on one of my personal web pages . . . . Words and thoughts that, to the best of my memory I have never heard before, and words that I think will guide me for the rest of my days. I call it ‘Jimbo’s Law of Contact,’ and I don’t ask anyone else to agree with it, but if you want to know me, this is what I am all about.

John Wayne, one of the greatest cowboy movie stars on anyone’s list, paid for and produced this story as well as starring in it. Most folk thought that the movie would not be popular in theaters because it was ‘different’ from the proven cowboy western movie formula. Sure, there are fist-fighting bar scenes, a bag guy chasing John Wayne, a pretty girl in the middle, a tough-as-nails Sheriff after both John Wayne and the other bad guy, promising to hang them both, and even a telegraph office fellow who provides some subtle comedy relief.

But with all of that, the story is dramatically different from any cowboy story made before it. It affected country-western star Johnny Cash so much that he wrote a song about it. It was probably the finest acting performance in the tragic movie career of Gail Russell. I have no idea why John Wayne wanted to finance and produce a cowboy story that possibly no studio would touch with their own money . . . . I think that maybe . . . . Just maybe . . . . This story, and this performance by John Wayne, might just give us a tiny peek into the soul of that great actor. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Gail Russell
Gail Russell
John Wayne
Anne Gwynne
Bruce Cabot and Louis Faust
Bruce Cabot and Louis Faust
Gail Russell
Gail Russell
Gail Russell and John Wayne
Gail Russell and John Wayne
Gail Russell and Stephen Grant
Gail Russell and Stephen Grant
Gail Russell and Tom Powers
Gail Russell and Tom Powers
Gail Russell
Gail Russell
Gail Russell
Gail Russell
Gail Russell
Gail Russell
Gail Russell and John Wayne
Gail Russell and John Wayne
Gail Russell
Gail Russell
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Harry Carey and Olin Howland
Harry Carey and Olin Howland
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Harry Carey
Irene Rich
Irene Rich
Joan Barton
Joan Barton
John Halloran
John Halloran
John Halloran and Tom Powers
John Halloran and Tom Powers
John Halloran
John Halloran
John Wayne
John Wayne
John Wayne, Gail Russell adn Irene Rich
John Wayne, Gail Russell adn Irene Rich
John Wayne and Joan Barton
John Wayne and Joan Barton
John Wayne and Lee Dixon
John Wayne and Lee Dixon
John Wayne and Paul Hurst
John Wayne and Paul Hurst
John Wayne and Paul Hurst
John Wayne and Paul Hurst
John Wayne
John Wayne
John Wayne
John Wayne
Lee Dixon
Lee Dixon
Louis Faust and Bruce Cabot
Louis Faust and Bruce Cabot
Louis Faust and Bruce Cabot
Louis Faust and Bruce Cabot
Olin Howland
Olin Howland
Olin Howland and John Wayne
Olin Howland and John Wayne
Olin Howland
Olin Howland
Paul Hurst
Paul Hurst
Rosemary Bertrand and Lee Dixon
Rosemary Bertrand and Lee Dixon
Stephen Grant
Stephen Grant
The Quaker Creed
The Quaker Creed
Tom Powers, Irene Rich and Gail Russell
Tom Powers, Irene Rich and Gail Russell