Bullet For A Badman (1964)


“Nobody’s gun is ever on anybody’s side out of plain kindness of heart. A man’s nature is too pure cussed for that. ” – Diggs

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A former Texas Ranger turned bank robber is pursued by an old friend who still is on the right side of the law.

My Take on it – This is another film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about it before watching it.

They do a really nice job looking at the way a past friendship could affect the way that two men act when one is pursuing the other for a crime.

We get to see how they each view life and their past friendship which helps disrupt their decision making process the whole way through.

Audie Murphy and Darren McGavin are both great here as the leads and it’s easy to believe that their characters have had a strong past friendship along with connections to past and present family members.

The story is told well as we get to see how the love hate relationship between these men affects them throughout the story largely due to their shared pasts.

Loved seeing Alan Hale Jr. in this film since it was right before he was to become an iconic TV show character we all know as The Skipper (see Trivia Section Below).

This film also succeeds in showing things from the family perspective since it allows us to see some of the scenes from the viewpoint of a child who isn’t fully aware of the actions of his father or even who his father truly is.

The dialogue in the film is also delivered well especially in the scenes where we get to see human nature take affect on some of the members of the posse as they decide what to do when they catch up to the criminals.

Bottom Line – Interesting look at how a past friendship could affect the way that both a lawman and a bandit look at life and at each other.  The story is told well and it is able to bring something new and unique to the Western genre due to the love hate relationship between the characters due to their past together. Murphy and McGavin are both fine here and we can believe that they had a past friendship even if they now are on opposite sides of the law. Nice seeing Hale in this film (see Trivia section below) since this was right before he became known as the Skipper.  The family dynamic is also shown well here because we get to see some things via the eyes of a child who isn’t aware of the actions of his father or even of who his father truly is.  Also liked the dialogue between the various members of the posse as they attempt to decide what to do once they capture the robbers. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It was while filming this movie that Alan Hale Jr. got his casting call for Gilligan’s Island (1964). He had to ride out of Zion National Park in Zion’s Canyon, Utah on horseback to the highway and hitchhike to Las Vegas to fly out to the interview. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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