The Bad Man (1941 film)
|The Bad Man|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||J. Walter Ruben|
|Screenplay by||Wells Root|
the play The Bad Man|
by Porter Emerson Browne
|Music by||Franz Waxman|
|Cinematography||Clyde De Vinna|
|Edited by||Conrad A. Nervig|
The Bad Man is a 1941 American Western film starring Wallace Beery and featuring Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, and Ronald Reagan. The movie was written by Wells Root from the Porter Emerson Browne play, and directed by Richard Thorpe. The film is a remake of a 1923 silent version and also of 1930's The Bad Man, which stars Walter Huston in Wallace Beery's role of Pancho Lopez. The supporting cast features Tom Conway and Chill Wills.
Gil Jones (Ronald Reagan) is an American who runs a Mexico ranch. A woman he loves, Lucia Pell (Laraine Day), has married a New York businessman, Morgan Pell (Tom Conway), possibly for his money.
Gil and his Uncle Henry (Lionel Barrymore) are in debt and banker Jasper Hardy could foreclose at any time. Morgan and the banker both want the land, which may have oil under it.
Mexican bandit Pancho Lopez (Beery), meanwhile, rustles the cattle and kidnaps everyone but Gil, holding them for ransom. Gil fights off Lopez's men, who get a noose ready until Lopez recognizes Gil as a man who long ago saved his life.
The cowardly Morgan offers the land and even Lucia if only Lopez will turn him loose. He later shoots one of Lopez's men in the back and flees. He pulls a gun on Gil and Lucia later, but Lopez rides to their rescue.
- Wallace Beery as Pancho Lopez
- Lionel Barrymore as Uncle Henry Jones
- Laraine Day as Lucia Pell
- Ronald Reagan as Gil Jones
- Henry Travers as Jasper Hardy
- Chris-Pin Martin as Pedro
- Tom Conway as Morgan Pell
- Chill Wills as Red Giddings
- Nydia Westman as Angela Hardy
- Charles Stevens as Venustiano
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