Watch: Angel and the Badman 1947 123movies, Full Movie Online – Notorious gunman Quirt Evans is wounded and on the run. He arrives at a Quaker farm owned by Thomas Worth and his family where he collapses from exhaustion. Evans asks Thomas and his daughter Penelope to drive him into town in their wagon in order to send an urgent telegram. The telegram contains a land claim and is sent to the land recorder’s office. The Quaker family is ignoring the town doctor’s advice to rid themselves of the gunfighter and they compassionately tend to the delirious Evans. Penny Worth becomes intrigued by his ravings of past loves.When Evans regains consciousness, Penny explains to him about the Quaker credo of non-violence and way of life. Three weeks later, two desperadoes, Laredo Stevens and Hondo Jeffries, ride into town looking for Evans.Penny’s younger brother, Johnny, rushes home to inform Evans of his visitors and Evans prepares to flee. Penny, now smitten with Evans, offers to run off with him. Upon hearing the sound of approaching horses, Evans grabs his revolver and, to his horror, discovers that it has been emptied. His life is in serious danger..
Plot: Notorious shootist and womanizer Quirt Evans’ horse collapses as he passes a Quaker family’s home. Quirt has been wounded, and the kindly family takes him in to nurse him back to health against the advice of others. The handsome Evans quickly attracts the affections of their beautiful daughter, Penelope. He develops an affection for the family and their faith, but his troubled past follows him.
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***B&W John Wayne Western with romance (Gail Russell), action and interesting theme***
RELEASED IN 1947 and written & directed by James Edward Grant, “Angel and the Badman” is a Western starring John Wayne as a gunslinger in Arizona who finds temporary sanctuary with some pacifistic Quakers. And maybe love too with the beautiful daughter (Gail Russell). Bruce Cabot plays the gunman’s nemesis while Harry Carey plays the aged-but-still-formidable marshal.
It’s too bad that this was shot in B&W because the locations are spectacular. Wayne was facing his 40th birthday when this was filmed, which is funny because the daughter’s mother (Irene Rich) keeps referring to how “young” he is. In any case, John was lean and relatively youthful-looking. On the other side of the spectrum, Gail is utterly stunning with her captivating eyes. Speaking of the feminine cast, saloon girls Joan Barton and Rosemary Bertrand are nothing to sneeze at.
One problem is that the romance is too blatant and develops way too quickly. But there are a few praiseworthy action sequences. One notable scene involves a couple in a wagon going off a cliff into a body of water.
The subtext relays three philosophies on violence: (1.) living it as a lifestyle, (2.) resorting to violence only when justifiable and more peaceful ways have been attempted or (3.) relying completely on nonviolent methods. Needless to say, the middle position is the best one and is, in fact, what the New Testament supports.
THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hours & 40 minutes and was shot entirely in Arizona (Sedona, Monument Valley & Flagstaff).
Now this is certainly one of the more characterful roles played by John Wayne. His portrayal of all-round bad egg “Quirt Evans” is mean and moody – if a little wooden at first. He is wounded and finds himself being cared for in the Quaker household of Gail Russell. Before long, those on his trail – including regular nemesis Bruce Cabot – show up and things take a turn for the more dangerous. He must now juggle the ways of old with his new-found affection for this girl who comes from a tradition that abhors the violent life he has led in the past – and he must ensure that they all survive, too! It’s too long (100 mins) and though it does have some humour, charm – and a few action scenes – it does drag, especially when Wayne is off-screen.
redemption and respect
John Wayne’s performance in this film is one of my favorites from his long (if not exceptionally versatile) career. As an embittered gunslinger groping his way toward love and redemption, he makes the character’s inner growth apparent by not allowing it to come to the surface except in neatly timed glance, frowns and smiles. The cool detachment of his character reminds us that he is really more dangerous than the young Penny (Gail Russell) perceives, and more thoughtful than those who know him as a gunfighter understand.
As dramatic action film, the film is well paced, and glows with considerable polish throughout. The production team is that of John Ford’s of the time, and they are in top form here. Writer-director Grant (another Ford insider) has given us an excellent script and able direction.
The film was produced by John Wayne himself, who knew a good story, and who here allows us an odd insight into his personal politics – which were far more complicated than his right-wing fans or left-wing detractors ever understood. In the wake of the Second World War (and we all remember Wayne’s war films), Wayne here produced one of the best defenses of religion-based pacifism on film. It should be remembered that during the First World War, Woodrow Wilson had pacifists jailed; in a little known incident in Wyoming Army recruiters dragged several Amish into jail and beat them brutally – several died. If I had to choose between Woodrow Wilson and John Wayne for president, I’d vote for Wayne.
Angel and the Badman speaks well of Wayne’s conscience, and reminds us that, in his own rough way, he could respect the honest consciences of others. Whatever else we think of him, let us remember that he was a man who deserved – and gave – respect. This is, over all, the most respectful film he ever made, giving us his most respectable performance.
A Love Story set in the West
The Angel and the Badman is one of my favorite John Wayne movies. It has romance as well as action in it and John Wayne handles both very well. As a macho-type guy, John Wayne plays Quirt Evans perfectly. He falls in love with a woman, Gail Russell, and just watching him play that part, one can truly enjoy Wayne’s character, since he plays in very few love stories. However, this one is done very well and John and Gail together are perfectly matched. I have seen many John Wayne movies. Some of them I enjoyed very much and others I did not. But this movie, in my opinion, is one of John Wayne’s best. He proves that he can handle a romantic role and any woman watching this film, I can honestly say, would love to be in John Wayne’s arms. He’s quite a kisser! Don’t miss this film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min), 1 hr 35 min (95 min) (West Germany)
Genre Romance, Western
Director James Edward Grant
Writer James Edward Grant
Actors John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm