Badman's Territory (1946)

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Sheriff Mark Rowley and his brother John find themselves in an annexed area of Indian Territory which is home to notorious outlaws like Jesse James and Sam Bass.

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  • Tom Tyler in Badman's Territory (1946)
  • Lawrence Tierney in Badman's Territory (1946)
  • Isabel Jewell in Badman's Territory (1946)
  • Randolph Scott and Ann Richards in Badman's Territory (1946)
  • Randolph Scott, Steve Brodie, Isabel Jewell, William Moss, Nestor Paiva, Ann Richards, Lawrence Tierney, Tom Tyler, and Phil Warren in Badman's Territory (1946)
  • Randolph Scott, Steve Brodie, John Halloran, Isabel Jewell, William Moss, Nestor Paiva, Ann Richards, Lawrence Tierney, Tom Tyler, and Phil Warren in Badman's Territory (1946)

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30 September 2006 | bkoganbing
| Bloodthirsty U.S. Marshal
Badman's Territory is a unique Randolph Scott film in that it has as its chief villain, a bloodthirsty United States Marshal in the person of Morgan Conway. Other than playing Dick Tracy this might be Mr. Conway's finest moment on screen.

Randolph Scott is a local sheriff who's aiding Conway in pursuit of the James gang. When they get away, each blames the other, but Conway shoots Scott's brother James Warren who then is taken by the James gang to the Oklahoma panhandle, better known as the Badman's Territory. It's that because it is unorganized with no established law and therefore a haven for the famous outlaws of the west.

They do flock there, everyone, the James gang, the Dalton gang, Belle Starr and Sam Bass. In real life none of these characters ever met, but this is Hollywood. Randy goes into the territory and finds all kinds of adventure and a little romance with Ann Richards.

Conway's portrayal anticipates what Kirk Douglas did on screen many years later in his acclaimed western Posse. Conway's a bloodthirsty man who's got big ambitions for that strip of territory. Some of his actions indicate a man on horseback and in the post World War II era that would have struck a resonating tone with the movie going public.

Of course it's outlaw Bruce Dern that brings Douglas down in Posse and in 1946 you had to have an honest sheriff in Randolph Scott do the deed. Still with Code restrictions in place, Badman's Territory is a good Randolph Scott western. And I'm sure made a few dollars for RKO back in the day.

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Release Date:

4 May 1946



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Filming Locations

Agoura, California, USA

Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)


$4,000,000 (USA) (19 November 1954)

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