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Law of the Lawless (1964)

Approved | | Western | 13 May 1964 (USA)
Hothead Pete Stone has been arrested for the murder of George.

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William F. Claxton

Writer:

Steve Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dale Robertson ... Judge Clem Rogers
Yvonne De Carlo ... Ellie Irish
William Bendix ... Sheriff Ed Tanner
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Tiny (as Lon Chaney)
Bruce Cabot ... Joe Rile
Barton MacLane ... Big Tom Stone
John Agar ... Pete Stone
Richard Arlen ... Ben the Bartender
Jody McCrea ... George Stapleton
Kent Taylor ... Attorney Rand McDonald
Bill Williams ... Silas Miller
Rod Lauren ... Deputy Tim Ludlow
George Chandler ... Martin
Don 'Red' Barry ... Red (as Donald Barry)
Romo Vincent ... Doc Samuels
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Storyline

Clem Rogers, known as "the Hanging Judge" has come to Stone Junction, Kansas in 1889 to preside over the murder trial of Pete Stone, son of town ruler "Big Tom" Stone. Things are made more difficult when Rogers learns that Joe Rile, the man who killed his father, is working for Stone. The latter, in an effort to discredit Rogers, has his henchmen leave the unconscious, beaten and half-dressed Ellie Irish in his hotel room. On the day of the trial the town slowly fills fills with strangers, all in black and all hired to fill the courtroom. Stone tells Rogers that everyone in the courtroom is related to someone Rogers has hanged and is armed, and defies Rogers to send his son to the gallows. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The "Hanging Judge" had come to the moment of decision!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invitation to a Hanging See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 10 days in August 1963, first issued in Italy three months later. See more »

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Referenced in Max Rose (2013) See more »

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Okay Western
5 May 2019 | by jeremycrimsonfoxSee all my reviews

Law of the Lawless is an okay film. Telling the story of a circuit judge who comes to a Kansas town to oversee a murder trial, only for the accused's father, who runs the town, to plot to ensure the judge does not convict his son by threatening his reputation. Sadly, there is not much action in this film, as this becomes more of a courtroom drama set in the wild west. While the actors do a good job, the pacing is very slow. Only recommended for true western fans.


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