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The Law West of Tombstone (1938)

Passed | | History, Music, Romance | 18 November 1938 (USA)
Notoriuos liar Bill Barker, having been banished westward by the law, talks the townspeople of Martinez into making him Mayor and Judge. Here he has to deal with the outlaw the Tonto Kid, ... See full summary »

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Ted aka The Tonto Kid
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Clara 'Clary' Martinez
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Nitta Moseby
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Sam Kent
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Danny Sanders
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Madame Mustache
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Doc Howard
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Bud McQuinn
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Joey Chuy (as Robert Moya)
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Mulligan P. Martinez
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Mort Dixon
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Notoriuos liar Bill Barker, having been banished westward by the law, talks the townspeople of Martinez into making him Mayor and Judge. Here he has to deal with the outlaw the Tonto Kid, the troublesome McQuinn Brothers, and look after his daughter Nita Mosby who thinks her father is dead. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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That was Bonanza Bill Barker, the fighting man who served his own brand of justice back in the roaring 80's...before the machine-gun age! See more »


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18 November 1938 (USA)  »

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A Lei na Terra dos Bandoleiros  »

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Some reviewers compared Harry Carey's character to Judge Roy Bean, Tim Holt's to Billy the Kid, Jean Rouverol's to Calamity Jane and the McQuinn Brothers to Billy and Ike Clanton. Also, Bradley Page's character is clearly similar to Doc Holliday. See more »

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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855)
Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner (1855) (Published under the name Alice Hawthorne)
Played by Don Barclay at the Texas Rose Saloon
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Who knew Fellini directed a Western?
1 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, Fellini didn't direct this one, but at times it sure seems like it. This is one odd-ball movie, with plotlines that appear out of nowhere and disappear into the same place, character motivations David Lynch couldn't understand, and behavior that sometimes suggests that everyone in the film and everyone who made it was hitting the peyote a little too hard. Harry Carey well plays Bill Barker, and one presumes he is the hero of the piece, though he gets enough undisputed disrespect from respectable characters that sometimes it's hard to know whether he's the moral center or just a none-too-bright gasbag. Tim Holt is good as the Tonto Kid, but everyone else is either not very good or is just mired so deep in the confusion that it's not possible to distinguish their talent. It's almost impossible to disentangle the plotlines, although it's fairly clear that one of them involves Barker's attempts to make a good life for the daughter he never knew. The rest of it is pretty much a jumble, and the confrontations between Barker and the McQuinn gang, and in particular a bizarre game of Russian roulette between Barker and the Tonto Kid simply defy rational explanation. And what in the world was Ward Bond doing in this--not WHY was he in it, but WHAT was he doing? He appears to be channelling his John L. Sullivan character from "Gentleman Jim," funnelled through Pancho Villa. But the purpose and intent of the character are just two of the manifold mysteries of this weird little melange. Just about the strangest thing I've ever seen that wasn't meant to be strange.


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