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The Lawless Breed (1953)

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After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.

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Cast

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Rosie McCoy (as Julia Adams)
Mary Castle ...
Jane Brown
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J.G. Hardin / John Clements
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Ike Hanley
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Jim Clements
Forrest Lewis ...
Zeke Jenkins
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Dirk Hanley
Tom Fadden ...
Chick Noonan, Undertaker
Race Gentry ...
Young John Hardin
Richard Garland ...
Joe Clements
Glenn Strange ...
Ben Hanley
William Pullen ...
Joe Hardin
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Released from jail, John Wesley Hardin leaves an account of his life with the local newspaper. It tells of his overly religious father, his resulting life of cards and guns, and his love for his step-sister replaced on her death during a gun fight with that for dance-hall girl Rosie. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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He cut a swath of daring across the great southwest!


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3 January 1953 (USA)  »

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The real Hardin was a brutal killer who claimed some 43 victims, some shot in the back and one for snoring too loud. The number of people he murdered is still unknown. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, when Wes is practicing in the barn with his 6 shooter, he fires 8 consecutive shots without reloading. See more »

Quotes

John Wesley Hardin: Get out of here, Rosie! There's gonna be some shootin'!
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Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

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standard western that could have been different with a less likable actor
9 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

A standard western with something of a Greek Tragedy, "Lawless Breed" romanticizes the life and exploits of one of the most legendary gunmen of the far west.

The film has some fine moments, notably the scene where Rock Hudson shoots Lee Van Cleef down amid a wind storm.

The events are quite predictable and the film becomes eventually formulaic. Veteran Raoul Walsh shows his craftsmanship solving scenes with great economy and pace.

Hudson is less obscure than many of the heroes of his films, and that makes me think what kind of picture this could have been with a less likable actor.


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