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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
Jean Rouverol ...
Nitta Moseby
Clarence Kolb ...
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
Robert Spindola ...
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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With a Book of Statutes and a Six-Gun He Set Himself Up as the ONe-Man Boss of Old Arizona---and Dispensed Justice as He Saw It! (original poster) See more »


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18 November 1938 (USA)  »

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A Lei na Terra dos Bandoleiros  »

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Watch for a very brief appearance by Charles Middleton as the town's newspaper editor. Middleton is best known for his portrayal of Ming the Merciless in the Flash Gordon serials. See more »

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

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Oh! Susanna
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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played by Don Barclay at the Texas Rose Saloon
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Draw Like Hickok And Lie Like Munchausen
3 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Harry Carey plays a combination character in the lead role of The Law West Of Tombstone. He's a quick draw and a deadly shot in the tradition of Wild Bill Hickok and can spin a yarn better than Baron Munchausen. Those talents have served him well in his career in this film and like Judge Roy Bean, he's declared himself the law in the newly forming town of Martinez, Arizona as Mayor and Justice of the Peace.

This was obviously a more ambitious undertaking of a film than what arrived for the movie-going public of 1938. There are whole chunks of this that obviously were left on the cutting room floor and you have to bridge quite a lot to get a coherent story.

Tim Holt plays a young protégé of sorts for Carey, a young outlaw he'd like to see settle down. And Evelyn Brent plays Carey's daughter who doesn't know she's his daughter. But this film is strictly Carey's show. Allan Lane who later was a cowboy hero himself plays a young outlaw who shoots it out with Holt and comes up short and dead.

It's an unusual western and one I'd like to have seen a director's cut of, but that sure isn't likely.


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