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Lawless Range (1935)

Approved | | Western | 4 November 1935 (USA)
John Middleton is investigating cattle rustling when he is captured and tossed into a cave with Emmett, a rancher who disappeared earlier. They help each other escape and learn that a local... See full summary »

Director:

Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)

Writers:

Lindsley Parsons (story), Lindsley Parsons (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Middleton
Sheila Bromley ... Ann Mason (as Sheila Mannors)
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Frank Carter
Jack Curtis ... Marshal
Wally Howe Wally Howe ... Hank Mason
Julia Griffith Julia Griffith ... Marie Mason
Yakima Canutt ... Joe Burns
Earl Dwire ... Emmett
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Storyline

John Middleton is investigating cattle rustling when he is captured and tossed into a cave with Emmett, a rancher who disappeared earlier. They help each other escape and learn that a local banker is trying to scare everyone away to grab up some secret gold mines. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highnoon in Helltown See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally meant to be a Monogram-Lone Star western, this picture was instead released by Republic after that company's temporary (as it turned out) takeover of Monogram in 1935. See more »

Goofs

Middleton is captured by the outlaws and is disarmed with his gun being put into a drawer. When he escapes and rides to the rescue he is armed again. Similarly Hank Mason has neither gun-belt nor gun while he is being held captive, but has acquired both by the time he reaches the cattle herd. See more »

Soundtracks

Down That Old Dusty Road
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by ranch hands at the roundup
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Baritone Cowboy
17 June 2006 | by jldmp1See all my reviews

What's unusual here for the period is the construction of the villain's identity. Most 'big boss' bad guys were openly introduced on screen and given excessive, cartoonish proportions. Here, the boss is playing a double role, one blending within the group of good guys/victims, the other unseen and disguised until the climax. The effect is enforced by the lack of close-up face images.

Aside from that, most of this is ordinary - Wayne as the irony-free hero who gets the girl. His voice is overdubbed by a professional baritone (a tenor would have been more convincing) in the obligatory musical segment, which pushed audio splicing technology to its limits.

The gunfight scenes are nothing special. But there are two key action sequences, the first being a dive into a lake and the ensuing escape. Also, Wayne jumps from horseback to horseback to unmount the opposing rider - a scene that appears to be a rough template for Lucas' speeder chase in "Return of the Jedi".


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