Angel and the Badman (1947) - Rotten Tomatoes

Angel and the Badman (1947)




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One of John Wayne's most mystical films, Angel and the Badman is also the first production that Wayne personally produced. The star plays a wounded outlaw who is sheltered by a Quaker family. Attracted to the family's angelic daughter Gail Russell, the hard-bitten Wayne undergoes a slow and subtle character transformation; still, he is obsessed with killing the man (Bruce Cabot) who murdered his foster father. The storyline traces not only the regeneration of Wayne, but of the single-minded sheriff (Harry Carey) who'd previously been determined to bring Wayne to justice. Not a big hit in 1947, Angel and the Badman has since become the most frequently telecast of John Wayne's Republic films, thanks to its lapse into Public Domain status in 1974.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Edward Grant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 1999
Republic Pictures


John Wayne
as Quirt Evans
Gail Russell
as Penelope Worth
Harry Carey
as Territorial Marshal ...
Bruce Cabot
as Laredo Stevens
Irene Rich
as Mrs. Worth
Lee Dixon
as Randy McCall
Stephen Grant
as Johnny Worth
Tom Powers
as Dr. Mangrum
Paul Hurst
as Carson
Olin Howland
as Bradley
John Halloran
as Thomas Worth
Craig Woods
as Ward Withers
Hank Worden
as Townsman
Pat Flaherty
as Baker brother
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Critic Reviews for Angel and the Badman

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 16, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

With its stunning Flagstaff, Arizona locations and a breezy tone, the John Wayne-produced "Angel and the Badman" is a delightful mix of romance and action, with excellent chemistry between the leads.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016

One of Wayne's top B efforts; an offbeat love story that works as a romance as well as a Western. Russell is luminous.

November 21, 2007
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

This black-and-white Western, which is Wayne's debut as producer, signals several elements of what would become the John Wayne iconic screen image, partly due to writer James Grant who was a frequent collaborator.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

Audience Reviews for Angel and the Badman

One of the best of Wayne's Westerns and for the curious reason that in it the Duke goes from one tough hombre to ... to a farmer (?!?). Injured man on the run and fast draw Quirt Evans is sheltered by a family of Quakers and slowly starts to question his life of boozin', rustlin', gamblin', brawlin' and killin'. Well, not brawlin'. Gail Russell is the reason why, and I understand that.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Pretty good western about a man who sees the error of his ways, but the slow pace of the thing kind of kills it. Thankfully it has John Wayne, Bruce Cabot, and the beautiful Gail Russell in it, so it's definitely worth watching. It's just not quite as exciting as an average John Wayne western usually is.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Decent western with a good redemption theme, John Wayne is more thoughtful than usual and Gail Russell is lovely with a wonderful quiet strength that she imparts to her character.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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