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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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 »


Capt. W.H. McNally: John Wesley Hardin has made the name of Texas stick in the nostrils of justice.
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Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

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John Wesley Hardin
15 July 2006 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

I am a descendant of John Wesley Hardin, of whom this movie was made. My great grandmother was his niece. I think this movie was a marvelous tribute because John Wesley was an educated, cultural person. He just didn't have a lot of patience when it came to certain factors. Like shooting a man for snoring. I am honored that the Hollywood "factor" would cast Rock Hudson as John Wesley, as John W was a very handsome man according to the tintographs I have of him from my g-grandmother. This is an under-rated movie worth watching and the female lead is indeed an actress under-rated - she is lovely and supportive. A grand western! AMB

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