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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Sound Mix:

(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 »


Throughout the first half of the film, Clanton is seen sliding down hills, crawling on the ground and riding horses that are kicking up dust; yet during the close-ups his Union uniform is always clean and crisp. See more »


Cole Younger: Do you know what you're doing, Doc?
Doc Butcher: Nope, I don't. But my impetuous nature got me into this, so it's going to have to get me out.
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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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Fun and lively western
13 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't mistake this for a great or even good movie for a second. It's full of clichés, unrealistic situations, fudged history, characters whose motives and emotions seem to change at the drop of a hat and the ability to travel great distances at light-speed. In short there's absolutely nothing to cement it to anything resembling the real West. What saves it is the fact that it doesn't aspire or even pretend to be a great or good movie. The actors appear to have a good time delivering their silly dialog and hamming it up for the camera. And there's lots of action. People running around, either on foot or on horseback, lots of fistfights, gunfights, chases, robberies, standoffs, etc. etc. etc. And let's not forget the glorious Technicolor. This is one of my favorite parts of the early Technicolor movies. The color wasn't really true to life but boy was it ever brilliant. Claire Trevor never looked better in her red dress, cut low with plenty of cleavage and shoulders exposed. Every one of her outfits was so brilliant it literary jumped off the screen. How such a gorgeous woman ever survived intact in the midst of a bunch of ruffians is a mystery to me but like I said this movie doesn't try to be realistic. So put aside logic and have fun when you watch this. Bear in mind that my low score reflects its artistic merits not its fun factor. Highly recommended.

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