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Law of the Lawless (1964)

Approved | | Western | 13 May 1964 (USA)
Hothead Pete Stone has been arrested for the murder of George.

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Judge Clem Rogers
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Ellie Irish
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Sheriff Ed Tanner
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Tiny (as Lon Chaney)
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Joe Rile
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Big Tom Stone
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Pete Stone
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Ben the Bartender
Jody McCrea ...
George Stapleton
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Attorney Rand McDonald
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Silas Miller
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Deputy Tim Ludlow
George Chandler ...
Martin
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Red (as Donald Barry)
Romo Vincent ...
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Clem Rogers, known as "the Hanging Judge" has come to Stone Junction, Kansas in 1889 to preside over the murder trial of Pete Stone, son of town ruler "Big Tom" Stone. Things are made more difficult when Rogers learns that Joe Rile, the man who killed his father, is working for Stone. The latter, in an effort to discredit Rogers, has his henchmen leave the unconscious, beaten and half-dressed Ellie Irish in his hotel room. On the day of the trial the town slowly fills fills with strangers, all in black and all hired to fill the courtroom. Stone tells Rogers that everyone in the courtroom is related to someone Rogers has hanged and is armed, and defies Rogers to send his son to the gallows. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The "Hanging Judge" had come to the moment of decision!

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13 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Invitation to a Hanging  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Produced by 3 ex Paramount mail room boys, AC Lyles, Bill Poole and Jack Barry. See more »

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More than meets the eye
6 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This star studded Western is a combination of action and drama, and it is more than meets the eye.

It has the look of a traditional "lawman" trying to keep the land baron from freeing his son from justice theme, but we get a variety of things going on, and see all of them.

On the surface, we see the "old timers" at work, and while we are fooled into thinking this is a nostalgic film, we eventually see that this is a point of the film, that it is about the way justice in the West changes, and the people who change with it.

In effect, it is a drama with the look and feel of action, because of some clever directing that changes the location just enough to keep it flowing.


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