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The Bad Man
Alternate Title: El hombre malo
Director: Clarence Badger (Dir)
Release Date:   13 Sep 1930
Duration (in mins):   80
Duration (in feet):   7,124
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Walter Huston (Pancho López)  
    Dorothy Revier (Ruth Pell)  
    James Rennie (Gilbert Jones)  
    O. P. Heggie (Henry Taylor)  
    Sidney Blackmer (Morgan Pell)  
    Marion Byron (Angela Hardy)  
    Guinn Williams (Red Giddings)  
    Arthur Stone (Pedro)  
    Edward Lynch (Bradley)  
    Harry Semels (José)  
    Erville Alderson (Hardy)  

Summary: Notorious Mexican bandit Pancho López recognizes Gilbert Jones as the man who once saved his life; therefore, when Jones is in danger of losing his ranch for default of mortgage payment, López determines to help him. At the same time, Morgan Pell, intending to swindle Jones out of his potentially oil-rich property, offers him a sum of money, which Jones conditionally accepts. When López discovers that Jones and Mrs. Pell are in love he has Pell shot, then robs a local bank, pays the mortgage, and returns the cattle he has stolen. With Mr. Pell out of the way and the ranch secure, Jones and Mrs. Pell are free to marry. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Clarence Badger (Dir)
Producer: Henry Blanke (Supv)
Writer: Howard Estabrook (Scr)
  Howard Estabrook (Dial)
Photography: John Seitz (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Frank Ware (Film ed)
Sound: Glenn E. Rominger (Sd tech)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play The Bad Man by Porter Emerson Browne, presented by William Harris, Jr. (New York, 30 Sep 1920).
Authors: Porter Emerson Browne
  William Harris Jr.

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 1/9/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1576

Physical Properties: Sd: Vitaphone

Genre: Western
Subjects (Major): Bandits
  Swindlers and swindling

Note: A Spanish-language version of this film, El hombre malo , which was directed by William McCann and starred Antonio Moreno, was shot simultaneously with the English-language version. A French version, López, le bandit also was made in 1930, but no evidence of its U.S. exhibition has been found. The French version was directed by Jean Daumery and starred Geymond Vital, Jeanne Helbling, Gaston Glass and Suzy Vernon.
       Other adaptations of Porter Emerson Browne's play include a 1923 Associated First National version entitled The Bad Man , directed by Edwin Carewe and starring Holbrook Blinn; a 1937 Warner Bros. production entitled West of Shanghai , directed by John Farrow and starring Boris Karloff and Beverly Roberts; and the 1941 M-G-M film The Bad Man , directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Wallace Beery (see entries above and below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   28 Sep 1930.   
New York Times   27 Sep 30   p. 21.
Variety   1 Oct 1930   p. 34.

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