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The Lawless (1950)

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A newspaper editor in a small agricultural town finds himself going against the people in the town when he gets involved in the plight of the area's fruit pickers, who are mostly Mexican.

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Former big city newsman Larry Wilder is tired of fighting the powers that be and just wants to enjoy his new life as a small-town newspaper editor. He thinks his bucolic new home will provide him with an easy and unconflicted life. But when a young Latino farmworker is goaded into a fight by racist rich boys, Wilder finds himself the only white citizen of the town willing to stand up for the boy's rights. He joins with Sunny Garcia, a staffer for a small weekly newspaper for the Hispanic workers, in trying to see justice done and possibly to save a life. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Lawless (1950)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A Mexican-American fruit picker gets in a little trouble that becomes a tempest in a teapot. Losey's film appeals to my liberal sensibilities with its condemnation of mob justice, media hysteria and racial intolerance. It's an engaging story. However, it's not very elegant in its execution. The performances are very flat, no one in the entire cast stands out as particularly good or memorable. The photography and score are serviceable at best, only a few shots are interesting. And it's all handled rather clumsily, you can hear the nails being struck as the points are hammered home. I like where the film's heart is at, but similar themes are done better elsewhere. It did make me wonder when was the final instance of someone putting "Extra, extra, read all about it!" in a script unironically.


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