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Bad Bascomb (1946)

Approved | | Western | 7 November 1946 (Sweden)
An outlaw, Bascomb, and his sidekick Yancey join a Mormon wagon train to hide out after a failed bank robbery. Bascomb undergoes a reformation as a result of his interactions with a young girl who becomes attached to him.


S. Sylvan Simon


D.A. Loxley (story), William R. Lipman (as William Lipman) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Zeb Bascomb
Margaret O'Brien ... Emmy
Marjorie Main ... Abbey Hanks
J. Carrol Naish ... Bart Yancy
Frances Rafferty ... Dora McCabe
Marshall Thompson ... Jimmy Holden
Russell Simpson ... Elijah Walker
Warner Anderson ... Luther Mason
Donald Curtis ... John Fulton
Connie Gilchrist ... Annie Freemont
Sara Haden ... Tillie Lovejoy
Renie Riano ... Lucy Lovejoy
Jane Green Jane Green ... Hannah McCabe
Henry O'Neill ... Gov. Winton
Frank Darien ... Elder Moab McCabe


It's just after the civil war when the elderly outlaw Bascomb and his gang try to rob a bank. They run into a trap as officers are waiting in ambush. Bascomb and the cold blooded killer Yancey escape and join a Mormon wagon train heading for Utah. They learn there is gold hidden on the train and eventually Yancey finds it. The plan is to take the gold and flee but a nine year old girl has become attached to Bascomb and Bascomb is beginning to change his mind. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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According to page 70 of "Notes For A Memoir", Janet Jeppson, second wife of Isaac Asimov, describes how she was acting as an extra in this movie on August 14, 1945, when Wallace Beery came out of his trailer to tell everyone on-site that World War II had been declared over. See more »


It took Bascomb forty miles to reach the cavalry. They return from the fort to the Indian attack in under ten minutes. See more »


Zeb Bascomb: [after finding Emmy alone outside of camp] Why, Emmy.
Emmy: Go away, Zeke. Don't you dare touch me.
Zeb Bascomb: How do you know it's Zeke, honey? Why, you ain't even looked.
Emmy: I don't want to look. I don't want to ever see you. I just want to die.
Zeb Bascomb: That ain't no nice way to talk after all the trouble I had finding you. What made you skip out?
[He leans down to touch her]
Emmy: [Emmy turns with a shotgun] I'll shoot!
Zeb Bascomb: Well, I guess, ain't no use in asking for mercy once a woman's got her mind made up. I did think you had more ...
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Excellent Trio
11 March 2007 | by murdockceoSee all my reviews

I have always loved old movies and most are the kind you can watch over again and again this is one of them! The last time I watched it I caught something new and thought was so cute Emmy (Maragret o'Brien)is dressing in a pretty dress to surprise Zed Bascomb (Wallace Beery)and her grandmother gives her two handkerchiefs and she tells her "Here is one for show and one for blow." I believe actors from this era were true artisan of their craft, something I find lacking in actors today.

For More Fun between Beery and Main I recommend Jackass Mail 1942 & Wyoming 1940. For You Margaret O'Brien fans one movie you must see is Our Vines Have Tender Grapes.

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Release Date:

7 November 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Bascomb See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,833,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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