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Gun Law (1938)

Finding a man alone in the desert, Marshal Tom is relieved - of his horse, clothes and water. When he catches up to Raven, he finds him dying from drinking bad water. When he gets to ... See full summary »

Director:

David Howard

Writers:

Oliver Drake (story), Oliver Drake (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Tom O'Malley
Rita Oehmen ... Ruth Ross
Ray Whitley ... Sam McGee
Paul Everton ... John Blaine
Robert Gleckler ... Flash Arnold
Ward Bond ... Henchman Pecos
Francis McDonald ... Henchman Nevada
Edward Pawley ... The Raven
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Storyline

Finding a man alone in the desert, Marshal Tom is relieved - of his horse, clothes and water. When he catches up to Raven, he finds him dying from drinking bad water. When he gets to Gunsight, everyone thinks that he is the outlaw Raven and he plays it out so that he can end lawlessness. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Fim Deu Certo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Fix is listed in modern sources for a role in this film, but he did not appear. See more »

Connections

Remade as Bandit Ranger (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
(1909)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
Played by the band in the saloon
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Not Bad for a "B" Western
23 October 2009 | by maddogrickSee all my reviews

Hollywood was probably cranking out two or three of these "Oaters" per week during the 1930s and early 1940s. They were simple "B" movies for the Saturday matinée audience.

Two things, in my opinion, made this movie a notch above the rest. First, Marshal Tom O'Malley, portrayed by George O'Brien, does not have some toothless, goofy old guy for a sidekick who tends to be more of a hindrance than a help to the hero. Instead, he is supported by a Deputy-Marshal, as played by Ray Whitley, who plays an integral role in bringing the bad guys to justice. Refreshing. Second, Whitley was a competent singer/songwriter of Western music (he wrote "Back in the Saddle Again" which became a big hit for Gene Autry) and he has a chance to perform some of his songs in the movie.

So, while the movie is hardly a must-see, it is a pleasant diversion for an hour and a cut above the standard "B" Western of that era.


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