The Bad Man (1941 film)

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The Bad Man
The Bad Man (1941 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by J. Walter Ruben
Screenplay by Wells Root
Based on the play The Bad Man
by Porter Emerson Browne
Starring Wallace Beery
Lionel Barrymore
Laraine Day
Ronald Reagan
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Clyde De Vinna
Edited by Conrad A. Nervig
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 28, 1941 (1941-03-28)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1][2][3] 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.


Sequence from the trailer featuring Wallace Beery
Reagan in the trailer
Barrymore in the trailer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Bad Man". Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  2. ^ "The Bad Man (1941) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  3. ^ T.M.P. (1941-04-04). "Movie Review - The Bad Man - At the Capitol". Retrieved 2015-05-08. 

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