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Return of the Bad Men was conceived as a companion film to the successful 1946 RKO film Badman's Territory . Although some of the same real-life outlaw characters appear in both films, and Randolph Scott stars in both pictures, there is little similarity between the two films. The 1951 RKO film Best of the Badmen, which was directed by William D. Russell and starred Robert Ryan and Claire Trevor, featured the Younger Brothers and other real-life outlaws, but was not a sequel to either this film or Badman's Territory. The depiction of these outlaws was highly fictionalized in Return of the Bad Men. For more information on Billy the Kid, for Billy the Kid. For more information on the Younger Brothers, for Bad Men of Missouri. For more information on other outlaws portrayed in the story, consult the Subject Index. Some scenes for this film were shot near Bakersfield, Saugus and Fillmore in southern California. During filming at RKO's Encino ranch, a fire broke out and damaged the Western street set, according to Hollywood Reporter.