GenreAction, Drama, Western Running time1h 37m ProductionRKO Pictures
Release dateApril 11, 1946 (1946-04-11) (U.S.) WriterJack Natteford (original screenplay), Luci Ward (original screenplay), Clarence Upson Young (additional sequences), Bess Boyle (additional sequences) CastRandolph Scott (Sheriff Mark Rowley), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Honest Jim Badger / The Coyote Kid), Ann Richards (Henryetta Alcott), Ray Collins (Colonel Farewell / Narrator), James Warren (Deputy John Rowley), Morgan Conway (Captain William 'Bill' Hampton) Similar moviesBlackhat, Django Unchained, Wyatt Earp, Young Guns, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Cowboys & Aliens
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Badman's Territory is a 1946 American Western film starring Randolph Scott. It was followed by the loose sequels Return of the Bad Men (1948) and Best of the Badmen (1951).
Just north of Texas and west of the Oklahoma border is "Badman's Territory", a region not yet governed by statehood. This is where Jesse James and brother Frank head after a train robbery, along with their partner, Coyote.
Mark Rowley, a lawman, and his deputy brother Johnny are after the James gang. So is a ruthless U.S. marshal named Hampton who shoots anybody who gets in his way. He even wings Johnny Rowley just to take the newly captured Coyote away from him.
In the town of Quinto, newspaper editor Henryetta Alcott is a crusader for law and order. Mark takes an immediate liking to her. He also helps Belle Starr's horse win a big race.
Johnny's injuries mend, but the Dalton gang persuades Johnny to go bad and join them. Mark tries to dissuade him. He shoots a man named McGee who stole his horse. Hampton puts up wanted posters on both Rowleys.
Henryetta spreads the word that Oklahoma has annexed this territory into the union. Mark is appointed a "regulator" and proposes marriage to Henryetta before he rides to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the Daltons are about to pull a job with Johnny as part of the gang.
Johnny is shot and killed, and Hampton also kills Coyote. A determined Mark Rowley must deal with Hampton once and for all if Henryetta and he are to have a future together.