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One Man Law (1932)

Passed | | Action, Western | 11 January 1932 (USA)
Streetor is pulling off a land swindle and wants Thompson on his side. He does him a favor and then makes him Sheriff. But as Streetor evicts the ranchers, Thompson and Judge Cooper look for a legal device to stop him.



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Complete credited cast:
Brand Thompson
Grace Duncan
Jonathan P. Streeter
Ed Grimm, ( as Murdock McQuarrie)
Deputy Hank
Henry Sedley ...


Jonathan Streeter (Robert Ellis), a crooked land promoter in Ropersville, helps cowpuncher Brand Thompson (Buck Jones)become sheriff of the town. Brand's sweetheart, Grace Duncan (Shirley Grey), and many other settlers have been living on and improving farms and ranches they bought from Streeter, but without receiving land-titles. Then, a number of families from Chicago arrive in town with titles to the land occupied by Grace and the other settlers. Streeter has flown to coop, but Brand, as sheriff, has to declare the newcomers are the legal owners. And then has to find a way to settle the disputes to the satisfaction of all concerned. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He ran the town his way, which means Action and Adventure! See more »


Action | Western


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11 January 1932 (USA)  »

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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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Not What It Seems
13 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Buck Jones falls under the thrall of Robert Ellis, who has a scheme to have his land developed by farmers who think they own the land. He offers himself as a nice guy, returning to Buck his rig and horse lost in a rigged race. Everyone, including Buck, thinks Ellis is swell, until...

GetTV has been running a lot of early 1930s B westerns in magnificent prints. All too often, when looking at B westerns these days, you have to look at badly-printed multi-generational dupes. Although this one shows some chipping, the image quality is beautiful and except for a few stock shots shows beautiful composition and action shots.

Where this one falls a bit short is in the writing department. There's quite a bit of padding (there's a lot of silliness concerning runaway turkeys) and the usual annoying kid who is ingénue Shirley Grey's brother and who admires Buck enormously.

There's little that's terribly wrong with this movie and given some of the unwatchable prints that circulate, it's a pleasure. It's just that this one won't win any fans for B Westerns.

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