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In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.

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Lynn Hayden
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Ellen Colby
Jack La Rue ...
Jim Daggs
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Bill Hayden
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Neil Stanley
Noah Beery ...
Jed Colby
Gail Patrick ...
Ann Hayden Stanley
Egon Brecher ...
Mark Hayden
Muriel Kirkland ...
Molly Hayden
Fuzzy Knight ...
Jeff Morley
James Eagles ...
Eli Bruce (as James C. Eagles)
Eugenie Besserer ...
Granny Spelvin
Harlan Knight ...
Grandpa Chet Spelvin
Jay Ward ...
Lynn Hayden - as child
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In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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nevada | kentucky | murder | revenge | showdown | See more »

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Two families at war . . . to the last man!

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15 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Law of Vengeance  »

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Shirley Temple later chose Delmar Watson to play Peter in Heidi (1937) because she had worked with him in this film. See more »

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Granny Spelvin: It ain't honorable to take a family feud to court. It won't spill no blood for you.
Mark Hayden: I want no blood spilled for me.
Granny Spelvin: Then you're puttin' yourself above the Prophets! An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It's in the Book!
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Landmark Western
4 May 2009 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This is a standout early-30's western because of the extraordinary talent that participated in it: director Henry Hathaway, writer Jack Cunningham (who collaborated with Hathaway on six pictures in 1933-34), original novelist Zane Gray, and a cast of stars and future stars who were in Hathaway's stock company at the time: Randolph Scott, Barton McLane, Buster Crabbe (who in two-shot close-ups looks as though he were born to play Scott's brother), Noah Berry, and Jack LaRue. Even in brief and minor roles, Hathaway gets memorable performances, such as a shaved Fuzzy Knight in a serious rather than comic-relief role and Eugenie Besserer as a fierce grandmother crying out for Biblical vengeance. Esther Ralston is a revelation in the lead female role, as an unpolished and touchy backwoods girl who yearns to be a lady but who is fully capable in the climatic scene of fighting desperately to save her man's life.

The plot mixes returning Civil War veterans, hill country family feuds, and Western rustling action, and ties these threads neatly together. The film is only a little over an hour long, but it packs a lot of action and plot into that short running time.


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