Best of the Badmen

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Best of the Badmen
Directed by William D. Russell
Produced by Samuel Bischoff
Written by Robert Hardy Andrews
John Twist
Starring Robert Ryan
Claire Trevor
Jack Buetel
Walter Brennan
Lawrence Tierney
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Edward Cronjager
Edited by Desmond Marquette
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • June 9, 1951 (1951-06-09) (US)[1]
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Best of the Badmen is a 1951 western adventure film directed by William D. Russell that is set in Missouri during the post-American Civil War period. It stars Robert Ryan, Claire Trevor and Robert Preston. It was a loose follow-up to Return of the Bad Men (1948).

Plot summary

Jeff Clanton, an Army major from Missouri, captures the survivors of the Confederacy's Quantrill's Raiders to give themselves up and pledge their allegiance to the Union. Clanton pledges that they will be paroled, but Matthew Fowler, a carpetbagger who owns a powerful detective agency, is determined to arrest them for the reward. When one of Fowler's deputies wounds one of the captives, return fire kills the deputy. Clanton is unjustly arrested for murdering Fowler's deputy. Clanton is tried by a kangaroo court and sentenced to be hanged the following morning. He escapes that night and then leads the band of outlaws including Jesse James and the Younger brothers in a vendetta against detective Matthew Fowler's detective agency.



Parts of the film were shot in Paria, Johnson Canyon, Strawberry Valley, the Gap, and Kanab Canyon in Utah.[2]


  1. ^ "Best of the Badmen: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  2. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

External links

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