“ Genre: War & Western - Western / Theatrical Release: 1947 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: James Edward Grant / Actors: John Wayne, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot, Gail Russell, Tom Powers ... / DVD released 2006-06-05 at Universal Pictures Video / Features of the DVD: Black & White, PAL „
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Angel and the Badman is now ranking highly in the worst of the John Wayne films. I really cannot believe that I watched it!
John Wayne plays the role of Quirt Evans who is being chased on horseback by gunmen. He gets injured and soon falls from his horse only to be found by a young innocent woman called Penelope. Penelope takes Quirt home to her family who are Quakers and although they do not like the lifestyle of Quirt they do give him a bed and start to nurse him back to health.
During the recovery of Quirt Penelope is constantly by his side making sure he is doing OK and she soon starts to have feeling for him but when Quirt wakes he has different ideas and is not prepared to give up his lifestyle and become a Quaker for Penelope. Quirt does however repay the family by getting their water supply reinstated but he is slowly realising he too has feelings for Penelope.
Will Quirt be able to give up his bad ways for Penelope or will the guns call him back as he is still to get revenge on the men who shot him?
Yes the plot summery does sound very brief in this film but believe me this is about how good the film gets! I found it to be very dull and the acting was extremely wooden. John Wayne was very young when he made this film and I found this did come across in his character. He did not seem to be at ease with the fellow actors and there was no chemistry between them especially when he was supposed to have feelings for Penelope. Penelope was played by Gail Russell and I think that she did try very hard with her role but still their was a lack of chemistry and spark with her character. She did come across very well as a young innocent and naive woman who had never experienced love before but this was as good as the character got.
The supporting actors were not too bad and some of them included Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot and Marshall Reed. I am not familiar with any of these actors but thought they worked well with what they were given with and tried to develop their characters as much as possible.
The film was set in the American countryside and I did like the scenery and setting for this film. We did get some wonderful shots of the countryside and some amazing views of the mountains. I am not sure what year the film was supposed to have been set in but it was way back when horses and cowboys were the thing, as with all John Wayne's films and the costumes all looked very authentic. There were some really bad effects in this film and a lot of notably 'added at a later time' back drops but as this film was made in 1947 then I can forgive this a little. The music throughout the film has to be the best bit for me. The music arrangements were done by Richard Hageman and I think he deserves a lot of credit for it as it was extremely good and helped with the telling of the story and the setting of the scene for the places in which it was used.
This film is in black and white which may put some people off and truthfully I am not a fan of black and white films but gave this one a go and yes I did see past this after a few minutes but the film was just not good enough on a whole for me.
The DVD which we have does not have any bonus features which was no great loss to me as I am not a fan of them anyway and the running time of the film is 99 minutes which I personally found 98 minutes too long! The certificate on this is a PG and I do agree with this.
The DVD is available for just a few pounds on sites such as EBay and Amazon but personally I would advise you to save the money and try something else. The back of the DVD case claims that this is probably on of John Wayne's most romantic movies and I think this is a great joke as I found it too wooden with no chemistry and one which I am not going to recommend to anyone!