John Wayne Westerns

Angel and the Badman (1947)

Director: James E. Grant
Actors: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot
Runtime: 99 min.

Quirt Evans (John Wayne) is a gunfighter with a bad reputation. When he gets wounded, a Quaker girl (Gail Russell) takes him in. As Evans falls for the girl he begins to examine his violent past and tries to renounce his evil ways, while fighting back his obsession with killing the man who murdered his father (Bruce Cabot).

Trivia: Angel & the Badman was the first film produced by John Wayne, it wasn't a big hit when it was released but it's the John Wayne movie that is most frequently shown on TV. Actor Bruce Cabot starred as Jack Driscoll in the original King Kong. Writer and Director James Edward Grant was a close friend of Wayne who also wrote screenplays for many other John Wayne films including The Alamo and McClintock. In 1958 he received a Best Screenplay Academy Award nomination for for the film The Sheepmen.