West of the Badlands (1940)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Release Date - Dec 5, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Roy Rogers vehicle was based on a Zane Grey story, previous filmed twice in the silent and early-talkie era. Rogers stars as young doctor Steve Kells, who after leaving New York in disgrace (it wasn't his fault) takes up residence in Idaho territory. Here he redeems himself by taking on a deadly outlaw gang, headed by a surly gent named Gulden (Joe Sawyer). Just so the audience knows that this is a "typical" Rogers picture despite its pedigree, the producers cast Gabby Hayes as Steve's sidekick Honest John Whittaker. Carol Hughes, who'd recently played Dale Arden in the third "Flash Gordon" serial, is Rogers' leading lady in this one.

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bad-guy-turns-good, doctor, frontier town, outlaw [Western], redemption, sidekick, Wild-West