6.8/10
37
2 user

Legion of the Lawless (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 5 January 1940 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (story)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Rancher Brad Henderson (George O'Brien) rides to Star City to be the best man at the wedding of his boyhood friend, Sheriff Bill Gregory (LeRoy Mason) Encountering Fred Cleary (Paul Fix), ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Peggy Shannon
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When the government agency fails to deliver even the meager supplies due by treaty to the proud Cheyenne tribe in their barren desert reserve, the starving Indians have taken more abuse ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

To investigate a gold-shipping scam, a postal inspector goes undercover and tries to infiltrate the gang he believes is responsible.

Director: Edward Killy
Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Hobart Cavanaugh
Bullet Code (1940)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Rancher Steve Condon, in a fight with rustlers is led to believe he has killed one of his own cowhands, Bud Mathews. Actually it was a bullet from the rustler leader, Cass Clantine, that ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Slim Whitaker
Sunrise (1927)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

School teacher Virginia King, annoyed by the unwanted attentions from Mesa City sheriff Jud Cronin, resigns and departs for Yuma. Her stagecoach is attacked by a gang led be Cronin's ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Leon Ames
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A large packing company is trying to obtain a monopoly by taking over the last small independent meat packer. Barney O'Dell, owner of the largest ranch, is trying to stop them. When the ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: George O'Brien, Chill Wills, Marjorie Reynolds
Prairie Law (1940)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Judge Curry is selling Austin's land to nesters and his men are rustling his cattle to provide beef. When the Sheriff accuses butcher Gore of possessing stolen beef, Gore kills him. Curry ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Dick Hogan
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

This region of Arizona is lawless. Even when the criminal are captured, they are acquitted by the jury or the witness takes a sudden illness. Boone is a hard drinking, shoot up the town ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Laraine Day, Carlyle Moore Jr.
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The bank has been robbed, the night watchman killed and the safe opened. The townspeople want John as he was the only one with the combination. Clint gets John out of town but before the ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Rosalind Keith, Ray Whitley
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The cattlemen graze their cattle in the big pines, but the railroad wants to clear cut the land and sell the timber for profit. Then they can sell the land to another railroad and make a ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Chill Wills, Marjorie Reynolds
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Legião dos Malditos  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

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:
?