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Best of the Badmen Details


Though RKO Radio Pictures was, in 1951, still faithful to the concept of "B" westerns starring Tim Holt, the studio was more than capable of turning out an "A" oater from time to time. Best of the Badmen stars Robert Ryan as a former Union officer who persuades a fictional vigilante group which closely resembles Quantrill's Raiders to lay down their arms and seek out new and honest lives. Ryan is undercut by shifty Pinkerton man Robert Preston, who wants to collect the rewards on the heads of the ex-vigilantes; to that end, he frames Ryan for murder. With the help of Preston's embittered wife Claire Trevor, Ryan escapes and turns outlaw with the men whom he'd earlier convinced to turn honest. Best of the Badmen was produced in Technicolor, enhancing its already potent box-office appeal. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Robert Ryan
as Jeff Clanton
Claire Trevor
as Lily Fowler
Robert Preston
as Matthew Fowler
Walter Brennan
as Doc Butcher
Bruce Cabot
as Cole Younger
John Archer
as Curley Ringo
Lawrence Tierney
as Jesse James
Barton MacLane
as Joad
Tom Tyler
as Frank James
John Cliff
as John Younger
Lee MacGregor
as Lieutenant
Emmett Lynn
as Oscar
Carleton Young
as Wilson
Robert J. Wilke
as Jim Younger


Herman Schlom
John Twist
Derek N. Twist
Edward J. Cronjager
Paul Sawtell
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Desmond Marquette
Albert S. D'Agostino
Production Designer
Carroll Clark
Production Designer
Michael Woulfe
Costume Designer