City of Bad Men
VIDEO of City of Bad Men 1953 – Western
|City of Bad Men|
Dale Robertson and Jeanne Crain in film scene
|Directed by||Harmon Jones|
|Written by||George W. George
George F. Slavin
|Cinematography||Charles G. Clarke|
|Edited by||George A. Gittens|
Away for six years, Brett has alienated his former love, Linda Culligan, who is now involved with Jim London, the fight’s promoter. London’s sister, Cynthia Castle, tries to attract Brett’s interest, but he’s only got eyes for Linda.
Because the bout could sell as much as $100,000 in tickets, law-breakers like Johnny Ringo are also milling around, keeping Sheriff Bill Gifford on his toes. He ends up asking Brett to be a deputy, just for the week of the fight, not knowing Brett’s actually scheming to rob the proceeds himself.
A fight-day decision by Linda to end her engagement to Jim changes the plans of Brett, who decides to go straight. Alas, his brother Gar betrays him to Ringo, who goes through with the daring robbery. Brett has to exchange gunfire with both Ringo and Gar, and when he’s successful, Linda returns to his arms.
- Jeanne Crain as Linda Culligan
- Dale Robertson as Brett Stanton
- Richard Boone as Johnny Ringo
- Lloyd Bridges as Gar Stanton
- Carole Mathews as Cynthia Castle
- Carl Betz as Deputy Phil Ryan
- Whitfield Connor as Jim London
- Hugh Sanders as Sheriff Bill Gifford
- Rodolfo Acosta as Mendoza
- Pascual García Peña as Pig
- Harry Carter as Jack
- Robert Adler as Barney
City of Bad Men was released in 2014 as a “publish on demand” DVD in the United States.
In Popular Culture
In episode five of the first season of the USA network series Graceland, the main character Mike (who is an undercover FBI agent) has a conversation with one of this targets, the ruthless Nigerian crime lord “Bello” (played by actor Gbenga Akinnagbe), where at one point the film is mentioned after Mike quotes a line from the film. Bello admits he’s impressed with this knowledge of the film and admits he’s a fan. Bello even shows Mike a copy of the film on DVD in a video store later on in the episode.
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p248
- City of Bad Men (DVD-R). Beverly Hills: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. January 29, 2014. OCLC 885387308. Home video release of the 1953 film.
- Roan, Toby (February 15, 2014). “DVD Review: City of Bad Men (1953)”. 50 Westerns From The 50s. A rare, recent review of the film by a blogger who’s working on a book about 1950s western films.
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