Based on Porter Emerson Browne's 1920 play of the same name, The Bad Man features Walter Huston as the title character, bold Mexican bandido Pancho Lopez. Holding Americans Ruth Pell (Dorothy Revier) and her wealthy husband Morgan (Sidney Blackmer) for ransom, Lopez takes a liking to Ruth and begins plotting Morgan's demise. As things turn out, however, Lopez's inherent decency suddenly and unexpectedly surfaces -- not soon enough, however, to save him from being mowed down by the Texas Rangers. Previously filmed in 1923, The Bad Man was remade in an oriental setting as West of Shanghai (1937), with Boris Karloff assuming the Walter Huston role, albeit transformed into a Chinese war lord. It was filmed again, under its original title, as a 1941 Wallace Beery vehicle.
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