GenreComedy, Western Story byPorter Emerson Browne CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 28, 1941 (1941-03-28) Based onthe play The Bad Man
by Porter Emerson Browne WriterWells Root (screenplay), Porter Emerson Browne (based on the play by) CastWallace Beery, Ronald Reagan (Gilbert Gil Jones), Laraine Day, Lionel Barry Similar moviesRelated Richard Thorpe movies
The Bad Man is a 1941 American Western film starring Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, and Ronald Reagan. The movie was written by Wells Root from the Porter Emerson Browne play, and directed by Richard Thorpe. The film is a remake of a 1923 silent version and also of 1930's The Bad Man, which stars Walter Huston in Wallace Beery's role of Pancho Lopez. The supporting cast features Tom Conway and Chill Wills.
Gil Jones (Ronald Reagan) is an American who runs a Mexico ranch. A woman he loves, Lucia Pell (Laraine Day), has married a New York businessman, Morgan Pell (Tom Conway), possibly for his money.
Gil and his Uncle Henry (Lionel Barrymore) are in debt and banker Jasper Hardy could foreclose at any time. Morgan and the banker both want the land, which may have oil under it.
Mexican bandit Pancho Lopez (Beery), meanwhile, rustles the cattle and kidnaps everyone but Gil, holding them for ransom. Gil fights off Lopez's men, who get a noose ready until Lopez recognizes Gil as a man who long ago saved his life.
The cowardly Morgan offers the land and even Lucia if only Lopez will turn him loose. He later shoots one of Lopez's men in the back and flees. He pulls a gun on Gil and Lucia later, but Lopez rides to their rescue.