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The Best Bad Man

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The Best Bad Man
The Best Bad Man poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn G. Blystone
Screenplay byLillie Hayward
Based on"Senor Jingle Bells"
by Max Brand
StarringTom Mix
Buster Gardner
Cyril Chadwick
Clara Bow
Tom Kennedy
Frank Beal
CinematographyDaniel B. Clark
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 29, 1925 (1925-11-29)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The Best Bad Man is a 1925 American silent Western film directed by John G. Blystone and written by Lillie Hayward. The film stars Tom Mix, Buster Gardner, Cyril Chadwick, Clara Bow, Tom Kennedy, and Frank Beal. The film was released on November 29, 1925, by Fox Film Corporation.[1][2][3]


As described in a review in a film magazine,[4] Hugh Nichols (Mix) is a wealthy tenderfoot idler who has never taken life seriously until a westerner demands that he complete a dam on his property that was promised by his father and is necessary for a score of ranches. As Hugh has already sent money to complete this project, he determines to investigate for himself, and disguises himself as a peddler of musical instruments. He finds that his agent is a crook, steals his own money back, and resists arrest until he can be identified. In the meantime he has fallen in love with Peggy (Bow), the leader of the ranchers. The villain dynamites the dam and Hugh saves the young woman.


See also

Preservation status

A print of The Best Bad Man survives with the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.[5][6]


  1. ^ "The Best Bad Man (1925) - Overview". Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (December 2, 1925). "Movie Review - Best Bad Man - THE SCREEN; Been Mix". Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Best Bad Man". Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (December 12, 1925). "Through the Box Office Window: The Best Bad Man; New Tom Mix Film Is Good Entertainment With Lively Action and Exciting Climax". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 77 (6): 576. Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  5. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Best Bad Man
  6. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Best Bad Man at
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