Like yesterday's film, TRAIL STREET (1947), RETURN OF THE BAD MEN stars Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, Anne Jeffreys, Steve Brodie, and Gabby Hayes.
RETURN OF THE BAD MEN and TRAIL STREET were both directed by Ray Enright, filmed by J. Roy Hunt, and produced by Nat Holt and executive producer Jack Gross.
THE NARROW MARGIN); they plan to marry and leave with her young son (Gary Gray) for California.
A whole lotta bad guys rob the bank owned by Madge's father (Hayes); the crew includes Cheyenne (Jeffreys), who's related to the Doolin family, plus the Sundance Kid (Ryan in evil mode!), Cole Younger (Brodie), Emmett Dalton (Lex Barker), and Wild Bill Doolin (Robert Armstrong), with additional outlaws played by Richard Powers (aka Tom Keene), Robert Bray, Walter Reed, Michael Harvey, Dean White, Lew Harvey, and Tom Tyler.
Vance persuades a wounded Cheyenne to turn herself in and reform. He and Madge put off the trip to California so Vance can serve as marshal of the brand-new Oklahoma Territory and go after the rest of the outlaws, especially the Sundance Kid, who killed his friend Grey Eagle (Charles Stevens).
This 90-minute movie was a well-paced action film with lots of enjoyable familiar faces. I especially liked White and Jeffreys each having plenty of screen time as the two women who both love Vance. It's a solid Western which delivers plenty of entertainment value.
Anne Jeffreys turned 92 on January 26th -- which incidentally was the very same day that Joan Leslie, star of the other film I watched today, turned 90! I was fortunate to see Jeffreys in person almost exactly one year ago, at the centennial tribute to Loretta Young; there's a nice photo of her in my post.
Jacqueline White, who I was fortunate to see at the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, turned 92 in November. It's lovely that all three of these wonderful actresses are still with us today.
The Warner Archive DVD is a nice black and white print. There are no extras.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD collection. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered at the Warner Archive website.