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Gun Law Justice (1949)

Jimmy Wakely befriends Hank Cardigan, a former outlaw who has served his sentence and wants to go straight. Jimmy, after clearing Hank of a wrongful shooting charge, helps him get a job as ... See full summary »

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writer:

Basil Dickey (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Wakely ... Jimmy Wakely
Dub Taylor ... Cannonball (as Cannonball Taylor)
Jane Adams ... Jane Darnton
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Hank Cardigan
John James ... Tom Cardigan
I. Stanford Jolley ... Duke Corliss
Myron Healey ... Jensen
Edmund Cobb ... Sheriff
Bob Woodward ... Bob Davis
Bob Curtis Bob Curtis ... Slim Craig
Carol Henry ... Bert
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Storyline

Jimmy Wakely befriends Hank Cardigan, a former outlaw who has served his sentence and wants to go straight. Jimmy, after clearing Hank of a wrongful shooting charge, helps him get a job as an express messenger. Hank drives off some bandits in an attempted hold-up, but recognizes his son Tom as one of the bandits. A later robbery is blamed on Hank but Jimmy and his sidekick Cannonball Taylor bring in the real culprits and clear Hank's name. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Fast Fists A-Flyin'! Hot Lead A-Slingin'!... and Jimmy Wakely A-Singin'!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The weapon Cannonball uses in the bar fight at the beginning of the film is a bolas. It is a throwing weapon made of weights connected by a cord, most famously used by gauchos in South America. See more »

Quotes

Jane Darnton: Well, this is fine! The manager of my stage line has to take time out for a barroom brawl.
Jimmy Wakely: Well, a couple of men jumped old Hank Cardigan and I couldn't just stand there. I had to help out.
Jane Darnton: Oh, sure you did. You have to defend every down and out jailbird, but you know our business has to go on - and on schedule!
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Soundtracks

I Have Looked the Whole World Over
Written by Fred Stryker and Jimmy Wakely
Sung by Jimmy Wakely
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For old timers like me
27 October 2018 | by pensmanSee all my reviews

Some social problems are here to stay. No one one wants to give an ex-con a break. Once upon a time Hank Cardigan was a big time outlaw. Now he is a old man needing a job but no one will hire him. Hank gets a break to ride shotgun on a stagecoach. but on his first run the coach is held up by the Duke Corliss gang. Corliss had been trained by Hank and now has brought Hank's son into the gang. Hank foils the robbery but recognizes his son as one of the bandits. Hank tracks the gang to one of his old hideouts. He tries to convince his son to leave the gang but to no avail. Duke Corliss tells Hank that he will cut the kid loose and convince him to go straight, but does Hank plan to turn them in. Hank believes in snitches get stitches, he isn't a stool pigeon. Duke's real plan is to use Tom and get Hank and Tom either killed or sent to jail. A perfect opportunity arises as the town people plan a reenactment of Hank's last big robbery. but Duke plans to use the event to pull of a real robbery and have Hank blamed for it.

If you are real, real old (like me) you will recognize some of the bit players like Myron Healey even if you don't know the names. This film is best for nostalgia aficionados who are trying to recapture memories of Saturday matinees that featured cartoons, a serial episode or two, and at least two Westerns. Yippee yi yo kayah..


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