Best of the Badmen

Best of the Badmen

Director: William D. Russell Cast: Robert Ryan, Claire Trevor, Jack Buetel

DVD (Full Frame)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
UPC: 0883316211373
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 39,113

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
William D. Russell Director
Robert Hardy Andrews Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Carroll Clark Production Designer
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Albert S. D'Agostino Production Designer
Desmond Marquette Editor
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Herman Schlom Producer
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

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