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Bad Bascomb (film)

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Bad Bascomb
Theatrical poster
Directed byS. Sylvan Simon
Written byD. A. Loxley (story)
William R. Lipman
Grant Garett
Produced byOrville O. Dull
StarringWallace Beery
Margaret O'Brien
Marjorie Main
J. Carrol Naish
CinematographyCharles Schoenbaum
Edited byBen Lewis
Music byDavid Snell
Distributed byLoew's, Inc.
Release date
  • May 22, 1946 (1946-05-22)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,645,000[1]

Bad Bascomb is a 1946 western film starring Wallace Beery and Margaret O'Brien.[2][3] The movie was directed by S. Sylvan Simon. The supporting cast features Marjorie Main, J. Carrol Naish, Frances Rafferty, Marshall Thompson and Henry O'Neill.


"Bad" Bascomb is a notorious outlaw wanted by federal marshals after outwitting every group sent to capture him. He and fellow bandit Bart Yancey, a cold-blooded killer, have again eluded the marshals by joining a Mormon wagon train heading to Utah. They pretend to be helpful, and Bascomb becomes fond of an admiring little girl who attaches herself to him played by O'Brien. Beery eventually distances himself from Yancey by thwarting an attempted robbery and then saves the wagon train from an attack by Indians by riding to get help, before being taken captive by the marshal at the end of the movie.

RE: TCM rating critique: The most underrated western movie ever. Rated at three stars but five stars would be more like it. Bad Bascomb, a 1946 black and white film has everything you want in a classic western and then some. Action, A twisty turny plot line, humor, Great acting superb cinematography with a music score to match! A western with comedic elements, a love story drama with a poignant ending. The fight scene near the end with bad Bascom and his former partner in crime “Yancey” is worth the price of admission alone! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder however, whomever rated this film apparently didn’t see what I did. Excuse me while I go watch the ending! :-)

M.G. ~ Art Tune Smith. Sent from my iPhone. 2-25-21



According to MGM records the film earned $2,384,000 in the US and Canada and $1,261,000 elsewhere, leading to an overall profit of $648,000.[1][4]

See also

The other six Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main films:


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Variety film review; February 6, 1946.
  3. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; February 9, 1946, page 22.
  4. ^ See also "60 Top Grossers of 1946", Variety 8 January 1947 p8
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