One of John Wayne's most mystical films, Angel and the Badman is also the first production that Wayne personally produced. The star plays a wounded outlaw who is sheltered by a Quaker family. Attracted to the family's angelic daughter Gail Russell, the hard-bitten Wayne undergoes a slow and subtle character transformation; still, he is obsessed with killing the man (Bruce Cabot) who murdered his foster father. The storyline traces not only the regeneration of Wayne, but of the single-minded sheriff (Harry Carey) who'd previously been determined to bring Wayne to justice. Not a big hit in 1947, Angel and the Badman has since become the most frequently telecast of John Wayne's Republic films, thanks to its lapse into Public Domain status in 1974.
Watching this movie on Blu-ray was like seeing it for the first time. The picture and sound are fantastic. Gail Russell was a beautiful woman and she looks like an angel in the movie. John Wayne plays the gunfighter who falls for her and winds up changing his life. Harry Carey turns in a great performance as the sheriff who is waiting for the right time to arrest Wayne. This is not up to the standards of Wayne's greatest westerns but it is still a good western which you will enjoy on Blu-ray.