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The Lawless Breed (1953)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Biography, Western  |  3 January 1953 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Rosie McCoy (as Julia Adams)
Mary Castle ...
J.G. Hardin / John Clements
Ike Hanley
Jim Clements
Forrest Lewis ...
Zeke Jenkins
Dirk Hanley
Tom Fadden ...
Chick Noonan, Undertaker
Race Gentry ...
Young John Hardin
Richard Garland ...
Joe Clements
Ben Hanley
William Pullen ...
Joe Hardin


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 <>

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He cut a swath of daring across the great southwest!


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Release Date:

3 January 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gefährliches Blut  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real John Wesley Hardin was a vicious, remorseless killer who murdered at least 43 people, some from ambush, some shot in the back and one for snoring too loudly. The actual number of people he killed is still unknown. See more »


Mid-point in the film, as the wounded Hardin is being helped into hiding by his uncle, a two-trailer truck drives by in the background, clearly visible. See more »


John Wesley Hardin: My father, J. G. Hardin, was a preacher and circuit rider. He was a strong, God-fearing man who carried his Bible like a six-gun and fought with the Devil wherever he found him.
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Decent if a bit overdone western competently directed by Walsh. Rock Hudson, right on the cusp of big time stardom with his next film Magnificent Obsession, is solid in the lead. The always reliable Julie Adams, a most underrated talent that Hollywood never figured out how to use properly, is terrific if stuck with the thankless part of the whore with a heart of gold who is redeemed by the love of a man. John Ireland appears in a dual role, he's fine in the one, the trusted uncle and a bit much in the other as Hudson's father although with the purple prose he has to deliver who can blame him for trying to make something out of it by going over the top.

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