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The chemistry between John Wayne and Gail Russell was so charged that Mrs Wayne exploded with rage when she saw the film, and no wonder. Unfortunately, Russell's star qualities were so evident that she was bombarded with scripts and struggled to cope with the showbiz spotlight, vodka becoming her escape until an early death in 1961 at age 36. Watch this magical performance of Russell at age 22 and think of what could have been achieved had she enjoyed the services of an agent better equipped to shelter her from the pressures of stardom.
"Angel and the Badman"
- Steven Glenn Ochoa
This film was Gail Russell's first movie with John Wayne,and her first Western. This was also Wayne's first try at producing his own films,and he passed over 50 actresses on the Republic Studio roster to borrow Gail Russell from Paramount Studios to portray Penelope Worth in "Angel and the Badman" in 1947. This was,and still is,one of the great Westerns on film,yet much underrated today. It had a great script and direction by James Edward Grant,a great cast-John Wayne,Gail Russell,Harry Carey,Bruce Cabot,Irene Rich,Lee Dixon,superb cinematography by Archie Stout,plus a clever mixture of action,romance,comedy,and drama. Yet it is the endearing performance of Gail Russell that sets it apart from other Westerns. Her portrayal of Penny Worth,with its innocence,charm, and enchanting beauty, is unforgettable,and remains with the viewer long after the film is over. Gail's chemistry with Wayne during their love scenes was very charming and poignant. He was the only actor,besides Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland,who went out of his way to help Gail become a better actress in front of the movie camera. I am reminded of that quote of Catalina Lawrence, who was the script supervisor on "Angel and the Badman" at Republic Studios in 1946,and vividly remembers working with the lovely,brunette actress. She said,"Gail was just so beautiful,and nobody,not even Elizabeth Taylor,was as beautiful as Gail Russell". If you would like to know more about Gail Russell,"Hollywood's Forgotten Legend",JC Publications has published my biography of Gail Russell,"Fallen Star". It is now available on Amazon Books,and Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
Angel and the Badman
- Susanne Cavendish
This movie had aspects to it that grabbed me, right away. Perhaps, it was the Quaker life that did it, or Wayne's way of being a part of something, even something he didn't agree with. Gail Russell was wonderful, as Penelope that Quaker love interest that came so easily into play. I was struck by finding out she died so young, just thirty-six. It was almost prophetic what the doctor said at the end about alcohol and its uses. that having nothing to do with her or her life, to come. it was wonderful way of demonstrating the part of film noir, in a different way, from the real energizing forces behind the original movement. That is for another day. It is just a darn good movie.
One of his greatest films
- Bob Pomeroy
One of his best films ever, right up there with The Searchers, Shepherd of the Hills and Stagecoach. One of the only westerns where he does not shoot someone. And the final scenes are tearful, but wonderful.
The Film That Started It All
This was the very first film I saw of Mr. Wayne, and I instantly fell in love not only with him but the introduction to all of his films. Though it may not be his best, I never saw Mr. Wayne give a bad performance...(well maybe I have but I won't say which film this is). Nevertheless, it is a nice Western (if you can really call it that), or in the same film genre; and such a treat that it has been airing more frequently on TCM. And I love the romance between Quirt & Penelope - and the sub-story of the reformation of Mr. Evans. Great fun.
Angel and the Badman (1947)
This is a better than average John Wayne western, and one of his best with Republic. Gail Russell does well as his love interest. It's a simple story, and that's what makes it work. The story is unusual for a western and has more substance.
One of the best westerns ever!
- Pat Turman
I really don't understand why this movie isn't considered one of the great westerns. It's completely entertaining & John Wayne plays one of his most likeable characters in this movie. It's full of humour & has a great love story. Especially fun is the sequence where John Wayne is forced to go to church with his newly adopted family. If you haven't seen it, you're in for a real treat.
An enjoyable movie with a true angel
OK, so this is probably not all that plausible as a plot, and the dialogue is not the greatest. So what. This movie is pure entertainment. Gail Russell is truly one of the best women of all times in front of a camera. Her looks, voice, manner, acting, all first rate. What a tragedy that someone didn't take better care of her. I think of her as the girl who could make me forget about blondes. John Wayne is excellent as well in somewhat of a departure of his role as the heroic loner. Penelope turns Quirt's heart which definitely needed it. Many funny and tender moments to enjoy. If the viewer is so happy at the end of a movie, then it has succeeded. This movie does that. Also the supporting actors are very good. True it is an overused cliche but it really applies here: They just don't make them like this anymore. This is not just another western. It has many elements about human nature in general and is an excellent love story.
Angel and the Badman
Russell meets Wayne, with strong support from Carey, Dixon and Cabot and excellent stunts.