The Badlanders

  • Delmer Daves (1958)
  • US
  • 83 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This decent western, directed by the reliable Delmer Daves, stars Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine as ex-convicts who emerge from prison in Yuma with a plan to rob a gold mine. Since this involves blowing up a mountain and escaping with half a ton of rock, it takes some organising. The picture is actually less a western than a suspense thriller, a remake of John Huston's classic 1950 crime drama The Asphalt Jungle on horseback. There are plenty of surprises, a thrilling chase through a carnival and some excellent performances, notably from Nehemiah Persoff - best known for his mobster role in Some Like It Hot - as the gunpowder expert.

Plot Summary

Western starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine. Cheated out of his stake in a gold mine by its unscrupulous owner, Peter Van Hock joins forces with fellow victim John McBain and together they devise a plan to claim back their rightful share.

Cast and crew

Cast

Peter Van Hock
Alan Ladd
John McBain
Ernest Borgnine
Anita
Katy Jurado
Ada Winton
Claire Kelly
Cyril Lounsberry
Kent Smith
Vincente
Nehemiah Persoff
Sample
Robert Emhardt
Comanche
Anthony Caruso
Leslie
Adam Williams
Warden
Ford Rainey

Crew

Director
Delmer Daves

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Guidance: 
Some violence.
Categories
Drama