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Best of the Badmen(1951)

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Voice-over narration, spoken by Walter Brennan as his character "'Doc' Butcher," is heard intermittently during the film. In July 1949, Hollywood Reporter announced that Jack Gross would be producing Best of the Badmen and that Randolph Scott, who had appeared in the 1948 RKO "outlaw" picture Return of the Bad Men, would star. Although not a "prequel," the 1946 RKO release Badman's Territory was also set in the lawless town of Quinto and featured some of the same outlaw characters as Best of the Badmen (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). Scott and Robert Ryan co-starred in the 1946 film. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, location shooting for Best of the Badmen took place in Kanab, UT. In late June 1950, Hollywood Reporter announced that director William D. Russell was scouting locations in the southwestern part of Colorado, but it is not known whether any filming actually took place there.
       Some of the film's characters are loosely based on real people. For information about Quantrill's Raiders, see the entry for the 1940 Republic film Dark Command in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40. For information about the James brothers, see entry for the 1939 Twentieth-Century Fox film Jesse James in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40. For information about the Younger brothers, see entry for the 1941 Warner Bros. release Bad Men of Missouri in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50.