Angel and the Badman (1947)

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“Angel and the Badman” is a Western film from 1947, written and directed by James Edward Grant, and starring John Wayne and Gail Russell.

The film tells the story of Quirt Evans (played by John Wayne), a notorious gunfighter who is wounded in a shoot-out and taken in by a Quaker family led by a young woman named Penelope Worth (played by Gail Russell). As he recuperates, Quirt begins to question his violent ways and is drawn to the peaceful and compassionate lifestyle of the Quakers.

However, Quirt’s past catches up with him when a rival gunslinger named Laredo Stevens (played by Bruce Cabot) comes looking for revenge. Quirt must decide whether to resort to his old ways and defend himself or follow the pacifist teachings of the Quakers and turn the other cheek.

As the conflict between Quirt and Laredo escalates, Penelope and the Quakers work to show Quirt a different path and help him find redemption.

The film is notable for its exploration of themes such as redemption, forgiveness, and the contrast between violence and nonviolence. It was also one of the first films produced by John Wayne’s own production company, Batjac Productions.

James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant

John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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