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Bad Lands

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1939
  • Lew Landers
  • 70 mins
  • A

Summary

A posse of nine and Sheriff Bill Cummings set out after a renegade named Apache Jack, who has murdered the wife of Lopez, one of the posse members. The others are Rayburn, Chic Lyman, Billy Sweet, Bob Mulford, Curley Tom, Eaton, Garth and an old prospector named Cluff. Apache Jack leads them into Indian country where they come across an oasis in a gully wash. They not only find water but also a natural of vein of silver. Sheriff Cummings prevents any of them from returning to town to file a mining claim. The next morning, Eaton is missing and all of the horses are gone. Then Cluff is killed in an ambush. The posse is trapped by an unseen enemy.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This has a stronger script than most B-pictures, being RKO's unacknowledged re-make in western dress of its 1934 desert war drama The Lost Patrol, which was powerfully directed by the great John Ford. Here the British soldiers of the original become a posse trapped in the desert by Apaches and picked off one by one. A lacklustre cast, headed by Robert Barrat and Noah Beery Jr, includes Douglas Walton from the earlier version, who survives far longer time this time around, as well as John Ford's actor brother, Francis, perhaps retained for good luck. Director Lew Landers was no match for Ford, and there's no reason to dally over this when the original version still exists.

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Credits

Cast

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SheriffRobert Barrat
Chile LymanNoah Beery Jr
Billy SweetGuinn "Big Boy" Williams
MulfordDouglas Walton
CliffAndy Clyde
RayburnAddison Richards
EatonRobert Coote
Curley TomPaul Hurst
GarthFrancis Ford

Crew

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DirectorLew Landers

Details

Theatrical distributor
Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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