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King of the Pecos (1936)

 -  Western  -  9 March 1936 (USA)
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Texas cattle baron Stiles killed John Clayborn's parents ten years earlier. Now a lawyer, Clayborn tries legally to break up Stiles' water monopoly and rustling operation. When that fails he must use force.

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Complete credited cast:
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Muriel Evans ...
Belle Jackson
Cy Kendall ...
Alexander Stiles
Jack Clifford ...
Henchman Ash
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Hank Mathews (as Arthur Aylsworth)
Herbert Heywood ...
Josh Billings
J. Frank Glendon ...
Lawyer Brewster (as Frank Glendon)
Edward Hearn ...
Eli Jackson
John Beck ...
Mr. Clayborn
Mary MacLaren ...
Mrs. Clayborn
Bradley Metcalfe ...
Little John
Yakima Canutt ...
Henchman Pete
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Profiteer Alexander Stiles lays claim to a million acres of range in the Pecos River country, but a rancher named Claybor stands in his way as he has already claimed the water-rich location of Sweetwater as his own, and refuses Stiles' $1000 offer for his land. Led by the murderous Ash, the hired guns of Stiles kill Clayborn and his wife but their young son John survives and joins his grandfather in Austin. As the boy grows into a man he learns the use of a law book as well as a six gun, intending to use both to bring Stiles to justice. As lawyer John Clay, he travels to the Cottonwood headquarters of Stiles, self-proclaimed King of the Pecos, and meets Hank Matthews and Josh Billings, two cattlemen thrown into poverty through the crooked dealings of Stiles. John serves a summons for Stiles to appear in court but the circuit judge is too frightened to face the might of Stiles. John sends Hank to round up other impoverished cattlemen, and they provide the judge with an armed escort to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Law and Order comes to the Lone Star State!

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(opening titles) In the seventies, Texas and New Mexico constituted a vast, open cattle range. Land laws and water rights were indefinite and millions of acres of range were often claimed thru a so-called "right of discovery." See more »

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The Duke at the Bar
25 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

King of the Pecos has a pre-Stagecoach John Wayne witnessing the murder of his parents by a no good land swindling dealer played by Cy Kendall. Of course he's a little kid at the time, but when he grows up he becomes a lawyer. But he's no ordinary lawyer, he can ride, and shoot, and fight with the best of them.

Kendall doesn't outrightly own a whole lot of the land he's swindled from folks. He just has phony options. Lawyer Wayne take him to court as well as deal with him in the usual John Wayne fashion.

This is far from the best western the Duke ever made, but it's pretty good for the B product he was stuck in at the time. And his legion of fans will love it.


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