Up 21,285 this week

Legion of the Lawless (1940)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 36 users  
Reviews: 2 user

In the 13th film of the 17 B-westerns made by George O'Brien in 1937-1940 for RKO, (who would remake "Legion of the Lawless" two years later as "Pirates of the Prairie" with Tim Holt), ... See full summary »



(screen play), (story)
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 190 titles
created 12 Jan 2012

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Legion of the Lawless (1940)

Legion of the Lawless (1940) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Legion of the Lawless.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pitfall (1948)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona ... See full summary »

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Gunfighter Brett Wade, diagnosed with tuberculosis, tries to get out of his former life while helping a young woman.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, David Brian
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle
Sweepstakes (1931)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Albert S. Rogell
Stars: Eddie Quillan, Lew Cody, James Gleason
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Robert Wilson leads safaris on the Kenyan savanna. On this occasion, he takes Mr. and Mrs. Macomber out to hunt buffalo. The obnoxious ways of Margaret Macomber make the three of them get ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, Robert Preston


Complete credited cast:
Virginia Vale ...
Ellen Ives
Herbert Heywood ...
Doctor Denton
Norman Willis ...
Les Harper
Hugh Sothern ...
Henry Ives
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Eddie (as William Benedict)
Eddy Waller ...
Lafe Barton
Delmar Watson ...
Lafe Barton Jr.
Bud Osborne ...
Monte Montague ...
Ben Leighton
Mary Field ...
Mrs. Barton


In the 13th film of the 17 B-westerns made by George O'Brien in 1937-1940 for RKO, (who would remake "Legion of the Lawless" two years later as "Pirates of the Prairie" with Tim Holt), O'Brien, as lawyer Jeff Toland hangs out his shingle in Ivestown, but is ordered out by a vigilante group headed by Les Harper. The vigilantes are merely a cloak under which the band of outlaws headed by Harper operate to terrorize and control the town. When it is learned that the new railroad survey takes the tracks through East Ivestown instead of Ivestown, the gang plans to drive out the homesteaders and ranchers long the right-of-way and file on the land themselves. Jeff leads the fight for the intended victims against the gang. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


GEORGE O'BRIEN Tames the wildest, wickedest frontier town in the West! See more »


Romance | Western


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Legião dos Malditos  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Remade as Pirates of the Prairie (1942) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Closing of the West
5 June 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a typically excellent George O'Brien western from RKO -- he made just shy of twenty of them from 1937 through 1940. Although a B picture, you'd never guess it, thanks in no small part to DP Harry Wild's camera-work -- his two-shots are like portraits, there are some nice Dutch angles and he manages to fit some nice traveling shots into the budget.

The story, about how lawyer O'Brien comes to town and takes on the vigilantes has some serious things to say, but they are reserved for the subtext. The story is so good it was remade a couple of years later as PIRATES OF THE PRAIRIE with Tim Holt.

If you think that B westerns are brainless shoot-em-ups shot on six-day schedules, this one can make a good corrective to the image.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Legion of the Lawless (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: