Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Whelan|
|Produced by||Nat Holt|
|Written by||Jack Natteford|
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Edited by||Philip Martin Jr.|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
Just north of Texas and west of the Oklahoma border is "Badman's Territory", a region not yet governed by statehood. This is where Jesse James and brother Frank head after a train robbery, along with their partner, Coyote.
Mark Rowley, a lawman, and his deputy brother Johnny are after the James gang. So is a ruthless U.S. marshal named Hampton who shoots anybody who gets in his way. He even wings Johnny Rowley just to take the newly captured Coyote away from him.
In the town of Quinto, newspaper editor Henryetta Alcott is a crusader for law and order. Mark takes an immediate liking to her. He also helps Belle Starr's horse win a big race.
Johnny's injuries mend, but the Dalton gang persuades Johnny to go bad and join them. Mark tries to dissuade him. He shoots a man named McGee who stole his horse. Hampton puts up wanted posters on both Rowleys.
Henryetta spreads the word that Oklahoma has annexed this territory into the union. Mark is appointed a "regulator" and proposes marriage to Henryetta before he rides to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the Daltons are about to pull a job with Johnny as part of the gang.
Johnny is shot and killed, and Hampton also kills Coyote. A determined Mark Rowley must deal with Hampton once and for all if Henryetta and he are to have a future together.
- Randolph Scott as Mark Rowley
- George "Gabby" Hayes as Coyote
- Ann Richards as Henryetta Alcott
- Ray Collins as Colonel Farewell
- James Warren as John Rowley
- Morgan Conway as Marshall Bill Hampton
- Virginia Sale as Meg
- John Halloran as Hank McGee
- Andrew Tombes as Doc Grant
- Richard Hale as Ben Wade
- Harry Holman as Hodge
- Chief Thundercloud as Chief Tahlequah
- Lawrence Tierney as Jesse James
- Tom Tyler as Frank James
- Steve Brodie as Bob Dalton
- Phil Warren as Grat Dalton
- William Moss as Bill Dalton
- Nestor Paiva as Sam Bass
- Isabel Jewell as Belle Starr
- Chet Brandenburg as Townsman (uncredited)
- Budd Buster as Doc's Friend (uncredited)
- George Chesebro as Johnny (uncredited)
- Neal Hart as Townsman (uncredited)
- Harry Harvey, Sr. as Stationmaster (uncredited)
- Robert Homans as Judge (uncredited)
- Ben Johnson as Deputy Marshall (uncredited)
- Ethan Laidlaw as Lt. Patton (uncredited)
- Elmo Lincoln as Dick Broadwell (uncredited)
- Theodore Lorch as Citizen's Committee Member (uncredited)
- Wilbur Mack as Cattle Baron (uncredited)
- Kermit Maynard as Carson (uncredited)
- Bud Osborne as Deputy Dan Mercer (uncredited)
- Emory Parnell as Bitter Creek (uncredited)
- 'Snub' Pollard as Town Barber (uncredited)
- Jason Robards, Sr. as Alert Coffeyville Citizen (uncredited)
- Buddy Roosevelt as Lt. Lake (uncredited)
- Harry Semels as Bettor (uncredited)
- Robert J. Wilke as Deputy Marshall (uncredited)
Filming started September 1945.
The film made a profit of $557,000.
- "Badman's Territory: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (1945, Sep 15). STAR OF 'DILLINGER' GETS JAMES ROLE. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/107016283
- Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p211