Bad Bascomb (film)

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


"Bad" Bascomb (Beery) is a notorious outlaw wanted by federal marshals after outwitting every group sent to capture him. He and fellow bandit Bart Yancey (Naish), 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.



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]


Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main appeared in the following seven films together:


  1. 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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