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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 »


In several scenes immediately after being shot in the leg, Clanton's pant leg shows no holes or signs of blood. See more »


Doc Butcher: Step back, gents, and reflect on the joys of living.
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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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Great Classic Western
19 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is not like your typical Western from the past, it has a very interesting story about the Quantrill Raiders from the South after the Civil war in the states. These Quantrill Raiders were still fighting the Civil War when it was over quite awhile ago, they meet up with Robert Ryan, (Jeff Clanton) a soldier in the Northern Army and he knows most of these Raiders and tries to help them get clemency from their war crimes. The Jesse James gang has joined up with the raiders and Lawrence Tierney, "Dillenger", plays the role of Jesse James. Robert Preston, (Matthew Flower) plays a carpetbagger who runs a Detective Agency and is out to kill Jeff Clanton, who is a lover of his wife, Claire Trevor,(Lily); and knows that Matt Flower is a crooked man out to make himself a fortune on capturing men who are Wanted and cash in on their reward money. Walter Brennan, (Doc Butcher) gives a great supporting role and lots of laughter. Great Western, enjoy.

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