Best of the Badmen (1951)

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.

Directing:
  • William D. Russell

Writing:
  • John Twist
  • Robert Hardy Andrews

Stars:
Release Date: 1951-08-09
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 84
Walter Brennan
Walter Brenna...
'Doc' Butcher
Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
Jeff Clanton
Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor
Lily
Jack Buetel
Jack Buetel
Bob Younger
Robert Preston
Robert Presto...
Matthew Fowler
Bruce Cabot
Bruce Cabot
Cole Younger
John Archer
John Archer
Curley Ringo
Lawrence Tierney
Lawrence Tier...
Jesse James
Barton MacLane
Barton MacLan...
Joad
Tom Tyler
Tom Tyler
Frank James
Robert J. Wilke
Robert J. Wil...
Jim Younger
John Cliff
John Cliff
John Younger
Emmett Lynn
Emmett Lynn
Oscar
Carleton Young
Carleton Youn...
Wilson
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