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The Lawless (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 June 1950 (USA)
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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Sunny Garcia
Johnny Sands ...
Joe Ferguson (as John Sands)
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Jan Dawson
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Ed Ferguson
Lalo Rios ...
Paul Rodriguez
Maurice Jara ...
Lopo Chavez
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Jonas Creel (as Guy Anderson)
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Mrs. Rodriguez
William Edmunds ...
Mr. Jensen
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Mildred Jensen
John Davis ...
Harry Pawling
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Caroline Tyler
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Mr. Prentiss
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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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Terror on the loose - as men lose their reason in the grip of mob rule ! See more »


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The movie debut of 1950's teen idol Tab Hunter. See more »

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Sunny Garcia: I met you years ago.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1994) See more »

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Solid programmer with a super Lee Patrick performance
12 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tightly paced social problem programmer is well directed by Losey. Carey was never the strongest of leading men and perhaps the film would have been better served by an actor with more gravitas in the lead but he turns in an acceptable performance. Gail Russell is fine in the limited screen time she has but her role isn't really noteworthy. The person who is underutilized is Lee Patrick as an out of town reporter, whenever she's on screen the other actors recede into the background so sharp is her presence, the mark of a truly outstanding supporting performer. The story is sadly relevant even today, how people can be swayed by mob rule and unreasoning prejudice.


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