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Director:
Writers:
Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)
Brad Ward (story)
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Release Date:
15 December 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They were all running out at the same time ... his luck ... his bullets ... his woman ! See more »
Plot:
A Marshal must face unpleasant facts about his past when he attempts to run a criminal gang out of town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Funny how a man softens to another when once he's killed him. See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Randolph Scott ... Marshal Calem Ware

Angela Lansbury ... Tally Dickenson
Warner Anderson ... Hamer Thorne

Jean Parker ... Cora Dean
Wallace Ford ... Dr. Amos Wynn
John Emery ... Cody Clark
James Bell ... Asaph Dean
Ruth Donnelly ... Molly Higgins

Michael Pate ... Harley Baskam
Don Megowan ... Dooley Brion

Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Dingo Brion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Antrim ... Mayor Kent (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Rancher (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)
Don Carlos ... Juan Tobrez (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Dean Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Edwin Chandler ... Minor Role (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Gambler (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Barfly (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Townsman (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Abe Deland (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Dingo Brion (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Spectator in Opera Box (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jay Lawrence ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Townsman at Stage Coach (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Townsman in Front Row (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Townsman (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ... Hiram Hayes (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher ... Barfly (uncredited)

Guy Teague ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Tony Cabillo - Barber (uncredited)
Wally West ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Mr. Willis (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph H. Lewis 
 
Writing credits
Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)

Brad Ward (story)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer
Randolph Scott .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
 
Art Direction by
George Brooks 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abby Singer .... assistant director (as Abner E. Singer)
 
Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
John P. Livadary .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Lally .... stunts (uncredited)
Guy Teague .... stunt double: Randolph Scott (uncredited)
Wally West .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Sawtell .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jerry Antes .... choreography
David Breen .... assistant to producer
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Marshal of Medicine Bend" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
78 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #17621) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Randolph Scott's stunt double in the bar fight with Dooley has noticeably darker hair without a trace of the salt-and-pepper running throughout the original's hair.See more »
Quotes:
Marshal Calem Ware:Men, Cody Clark is buying drinks. He won all bets.
Cody Clark:That's right. Drinks are on the house...and everybody is welcomed!
Marshal Calem Ware:You can also take up a collection for burying Dingo. Add this
[money]
Marshal Calem Ware:to it.
Cody Clark:That's right nice of you Calem. Funny how a man softens to another when once he's killed him.
Marshal Calem Ware:I don't know about that. I'd do as much if it were your funeral.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Funny how a man softens to another when once he's killed him., 26 January 2010
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Marshal Calem Ware {Randolph Scott} is tired of Medicine Bend, tired of killing and tired of reprobates trying to kill him. He's also haunted by pain in his past. So when the past resurfaces and yet another scum-bag turns up to put out his light, Calem faces what he hopes will be the final day of reckoning.

Brought to us by the Scott/Brown production company, A Lawless Street is directed by Joseph H. Lewis, adapted from a Brad Ward story {Marshal of Medicine Bend} by Kenneth Gamet and features cinematography from Ray Rennahan at French Ranch - Hidden Valley Road, Thousand Oaks in California. Joining Scott in the cast are Angela Lansbury, Warner Anderson, Jean Parker & Wallace Ford.

This film came a year before Scott would do Seven Men From Now with Budd Boetticher, the start of which was a run of "adult" Westerns that showcased the best of both Scott and the Western of the 50s. So it's not unsurprising to find that A Lawless Street is some way short of the quality of the Boetticher/Scott movies. In fact Scott may not just be in character for the film, he looks genuinely tired and the piece has a very tired feel to it. It has proved to be a pretty divisive film amongst Western purists, it's a routine story not helped by the fact it has been done to perfection before in other, more notable genre pieces. While the script also lacks vim and vigour and Scott is surrounded by very average actors. The ending fizzles out after the promise of so much more, and in fact it's ponderously drawn out. Yet the first half of the film saves it from being a stinker, Lewis' camera-work is fluid and fist fight fans are served up a treat. And we even get Lansbury flexing her tonsils for a delightful little ditty.

So very much a film of two differing halves, one that sadly doesn't make for a satisfying whole. So, much like Switzerland, I'm staying neutral with it, a 5/10 rating is given on proviso that it's noted that where Scott and Lewis are concerned, I'm unashamedly biased.

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