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Law of the Badlands (1945)

Approved | | Short, Romance, Western | 14 April 1945 (USA)
A cavalry officer is framed for the murder of a fellow officer and cashiered out of the army. After he gets out of prison he vows to find the renegade who framed him and bring him to justice.





Complete credited cast:
Bob Tate
Lieutenant Ted Wayne
Jim Turk
Clyde Whipple


Eight years before Custer's stand at Little Big Horn, an officer of the Seventh Cavalry was found guilty of murder, stripped of his commission, and remanded to the civil authorities. Jump ahead to the mid-1870s: a gang is robbing stages, murdering all on board, and letting Indians take the blame. Two people escape an attack, gambler Bob Tate and Karen, a teen. Tate protects Karen, leading them to safety. Not long after, the Sioux and Cheyenne prepare to attack Custer, and someone must get word to him. How does this connect to the old murder charge? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A smashing two-reel western! See more »


Short | Romance | Western






Release Date:

14 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Classics of the Screen (1950-1951 season) #6: Law of the Badlands  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1327A. See more »


Narrator: And to a holocaust of hate.
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Oh! Susanna
Music by Stephen Foster
Played at the beginning of the saloon scene
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Fun Western from Warner
14 July 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Law of the Badlands (1945)

*** (out of 4)

Warner two-reeler has a Calvary man (Robert Shayne) framed for murder. Years later he's released and sets out for revenge about the man who framed it but he gets caught up Custer and the Little Big Horn battle. This is a pretty straight-forward and standard Western but at the same time it's very fast paced and entertaining from start to finish. A lot of the action sequences were lifted from THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON but they're edited quite well into the story here and in the end this is certainly an entertaining short as long as you don't take it too serious or try to pass it off as true history. The subplot of the man framed was an interesting story, if not that original. The way the revenge is carried out leads to some nice fist fights and I couldn't help but get caught up in all of them. The action was great even though most of it was lifted.

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