Best of the Badmen

Best of the Badmen Information

Best of the Badmen is a western adventure film directed by William D. Russell that is set in Missouri during the post-American Civil War period.

Plot summary

Jeff Clanton, an Army major from Missouri, captures the survivors of the Confederacy's Quantrill's Raiders to give themselves up and pledge their allegiance to the Union. Clanton pledges that they will be paroled, but Matthew Fowler, a carpetbagger who owns a powerful detective agency, is determined to arrest them for the reward. When one of Fowler's deputies wounds one of the captives, return fire kills the deputy. Clanton is unjustly arrested for murdering Fowler's deputy. Clanton is tried by a kangaroo court and sentenced to be hanged the following morning. He escapes that night and then leads the band of outlaws including Jesse James and the Younger brothers in a vendetta against detective Matthew Fowler's detective agency.


  • Robert Ryan as Jeff Clanton
  • Claire Trevor as Lily
  • Jack Buetel as Bob Younger
  • 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
  • Robert J. Wilke as Jim Younger
  • John Cliff as John Younger
  • Lee MacGregor as Lieutenant Blaine
  • Emmett Lynn as Oscar
  • Carleton Young as Wilson

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