Best of the Badmen (1951)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  19 November 1951 (Sweden)
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The outlaws of the Clanton and Younger gangs are the heroes of this fictionalized biography.



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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Clanton
Jack Buetel ...
Matthew Fowler
'Doc' Butcher
John Archer ...
Curley Ringo
Jim Younger (as Bob Wilke)
John Cliff ...
Lee MacGregor ...
Emmett Lynn ...


After the Civil War, Union Major Clanton captures survivors of Quantrill's Raiders, and gets them clemency at the cost of shooting a mob member. Convicted of murder by a kangaroo court, Clanton escapes and joins the former raiders in a gang devoted to robbing everything protected by the corrupt detective agency of his enemy Fowler; culminating in a personal showdown. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

19 November 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The name of the Alhambra Hotel and Bar was previously used by MGM in the 1946 award winning film The Harvey Girls starring Judy Garland and John Hodiak. Although her voice was dubbed, Angela Landsbury's character Em performed many a song and dance in the Alhambra. The Alhambra hotel name can still be found today in the U.S. and around the world. See more »


When Clanton discusses his plans to get even with Matthew Fowler, Clanton is sitting at a table and there is at about a foot between him and Younger. The camera angle changes and Younger is suddenly so close that his elbow is actually in front of Clanton's elbow as they sit at the table. See more »


Stagecoach driver: You're Jeff Clanton. I've seen your picture!
Doc Butcher: Now what could you do with $5000 in a cemetery?
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Opening credits: "This story tells a forgotten chapter in the violent history of the West. Months after the tragic war between the States had ended there was still no peace on the Western Frontier." See more »


Follows Return of the Bad Men (1948) See more »

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Enjoyable B-western given Grade A trimmings and a good cast...
12 August 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Whatever merit BEST OF THE BADMEN has as a movie can be traced to its cast of film veterans headed by ROBERT RYAN, ROBERT PRESTON, CLAIRE TREVOR, WALTER BRENNAN, BRUCE CABOT, JACK BEUTEL and LAWRENCE TIERNEY, all of whom look right at home in this post-Civil War western about Quantrill's Raiders who are still acting as though the war between the states isn't over.

CLAIRE TREVOR has her usual hard-boiled role as Lily, a woman married to ROBERT PRESTON, a corrupt man out to capture the good Yankee, ROBERT RYAN--but who meets with resistance when his wife plots to help Ryan escape jail. The story is rather routine and not on too firm a footing toward the end, but it's all made enjoyable by the usual number of shootouts and roundups, all filmed in some fine Technicolor.

While Preston and Cabot have the meatiest bad men roles, it's really Ryan and Trevor who walk off with the acting honors. As for JACK BEUTEL, it's easy to see why he never made it to major stardom despite his handsome good looks.

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