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The Lawless Breed (1953)

Not Rated | | Western | 3 January 1953 (USA)
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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Rosie McCoy (as Julia Adams)
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Ike Hanley
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Jim Clements
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Dirk Hanley
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Young John Hardin
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Joe Clements
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Ben Hanley
William Pullen ...
Joe Hardin
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Storyline

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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Western

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3 January 1953 (USA)  »

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Bad Man with a Gun  »

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$1,300,000, 31 December 1953
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The real John Wesley Hardin was a sadistic, sociopathic killer who murdered at least 43 people, many from ambush, some shot in the back and one for snoring too loudly. The actual number of people he killed is still unknown. A raging alcoholic, many of his most murderous sprees were fueled by his prodigious consumption of the almost toxic hard liquor of those days. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Opening credits prologue: Texas State Penitentiary-1896

The"Badmen"of the West, the Jameses, the Daltons, the Ringos, and Youngers, are now part of American folk-lore. Research has added another name to the list- JOHN WESLEY HARDIN.

Hardin's story is unique because it was written by the man himself. This extraordinary testament, now a collector's item, was published in Seguin, Texas in 1896. See more »

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Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

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Fair And Biased
20 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This alleged biopic of famous outlaw John Wesley Hardin may be short on accuracy, but it's long on Hollywood and western myth-making. Once again the great director Raoul Walsh gives us an entertaining, fast-paced, and action-packed tale that pushes all the right buttons, portraying Hardin as a misunderstood young man and a victim of circumstance.

The only real minus is that near the end, it begins to slow down a bit, ending with a so-so climax. The first hour or so makes it definitely worth watching though.

Rock Hudson is quite likable in one of his first starring vehicles and leading lady (number two) Julie Adams is quite stunning. One thing I'll never quite understand is why Adams never became a bigger star.


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