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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jeff Clanton
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Lily
Jack Buetel ...
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Matthew Fowler
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'Doc' Butcher
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John Archer ...
Curley Ringo
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Joad
Tom Tyler ...
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Jim Younger (as Bob Wilke)
John Cliff ...
Lee MacGregor ...
Lieutenant
Emmett Lynn ...
Oscar
Carleton Young ...
Wilson
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Here they come!

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Western

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19 November 1951 (Sweden)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

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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 »

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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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