GenreRomance, Western Duration CountryUnited States
WriterRichard Collins, W.R. Burnett Release dateSeptember 3, 1958 (1958-09-03) GenresWestern, Action Film, Crime Fiction, Heist film, Action/Adventure CastAlan Ladd (Peter Van Hoek / The Dutchman), Ernest Borgnine (John McBain), Katy Jurado (Anita), Claire Kelly (Ada Winton), Kent Smith (Cyril Lounsberry), Nehemiah Persoff (Vincente (The Powder Monkey)) Similar moviesCity Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Far Country, Looper, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, National Treasure: Book of Secrets
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Peter Van Hoek (Alan Ladd) emerges from jail with a plan to rob a gold mine and take revenge on the mine owner, the townspeople and the corrupt deputy (Adam Williams) who framed him for theft. Teaming up with John McBain (Ernest Borgnine), who owned the mine before being cheated out of it, Peter returns to the Arizona town where he was arrested. After meeting with mine owner Cyril (Kent Smith), he assembles a team to steal gold from Cyrils mine and then sell it back to him.
The Badlanders (1958) is a western caper film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine. It was written by Richard Collins, based upon the novel The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett.
Two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma in 1898. One, the Dutchman, is out to get both gold and revenge from the people of a small mining town who had him imprisoned unjustly. The other, McBain, is just trying to go straight, but that is easier said than done once the Dutchman involves him in his gold theft scheme.
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In 1898, two men are released from the Arizona Territorial Prison. One, mining engineer and geologist Peter Van Hoek (Ladd), the "Dutchman," tells the warden he was framed for the robbery of a gold shipment from the Lisbon Mine. The other, John McBain (Borgnine), killed Bascomb, the man who cheated him out of his land.
The two men head separately to the town of Prescott, where neither is welcome. The marshal, whom Van Hoek accuses of framing him, orders him to leave town on the next stagecoach, at sundown the next day. At the hotel, the Dutchman meets guest Ada Winton (Claire Kelly), the lonely mistress of Cyril Lounsberry (Kent Smith).
McBain rescues a Mexican woman, Anita (Katy Jurado), when men accost her on the street. Though Leslie (Adam Williams), the deputy, saves McBains life in the ensuing fight, he gives McBain the same deadline to leave, even though McBains folks settled the township. A grateful Anita invites McBain to stay in her place, and the two are attracted to each other.
The Dutchman gets Sample (Robert Emhardt) to introduce him to Lounsberry. Lounsberry had married Bascombs homely sister for her money. Van Hoek offers to sell him gold ore from an extremely rich deposit that only he knows about. It is worth at least $200,000, but Van Hoek will be satisfied with half that amount in cash. He lies when Lounsberry jokingly asks if it is from his wifes Lisbon Mine. The prospect of being a rich man in his own right and leaving for Europe with Ada makes Lounsberry agree.
Van Hoek recruits a reluctant McBain and demolition expert Vincente (Nehemiah Persoff) for his scheme. They time it so the explosion needed to extract the ore goes off as the same time as the regular blasting. They get the ore out, but when Van Hoek and McBain take it to Lounsberry, he tries to double cross them. Leslie is killed and McBain injured in the ensuing gunfight. Van Hoek takes McBain to Anitas place and digs out the bullet, then leaves in a wagon with the gold. However, Lounsberry, Sample and their men soon corner him in town during a fiesta. McBain goes to the Dutchmans aid. Then Anita has her many Mexican friends surround and disarm the villains. Van Hoek entrusts McBain and Anita with the gold, telling them he will meet them later in Durango to split it up equally. Then, keeping his word, he leaves on the stagecoach with fellow passenger Ada.
Alan Ladd as Peter Van Hoek
Ernest Borgnine as John McBain
Katy Jurado as Anita
Claire Kelly as Ada Winton
Kent Smith as Cyril Lounsberry
Nehemiah Persoff as Vincente
Robert Emhardt as Sample
Anthony Caruso as Comanche
Adam Williams as Leslie
Ford Rainey as Prison Warden
John Daheim as Lee
According to MGM records the film earned $970,000 in the US and Canada and $1,135,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $373,000.