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Molly and Lawless John (1972)

PG | | Western | 1 January 1973 (USA)
Molly, the shy, romance-starved wife of an arrogant frontier sheriff, finds herself drawn to a prisoner in her husband's jail. This prisoner, a handsome young man named Johnny, plays on ... See full summary »

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Molly Parker
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Johnny Lawler
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Deputy Tom Clements
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Sheriff Marvin Parker
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Dolly Winward
Charles Pinney ...
Reverend
Bob Westmoreland ...
Telegraph Operator
Melinda Chavaria ...
Pregnant Apache
Pasqualita Baca ...
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George Le Bow ...
Marshal
Dave Burleson ...
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Grady Hill ...
Deputy
Dick Bullock ...
Bill Bartley
Terry Kingsley-Smith ...
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Molly, the shy, romance-starved wife of an arrogant frontier sheriff, finds herself drawn to a prisoner in her husband's jail. This prisoner, a handsome young man named Johnny, plays on Molly's sympathy and convinces her to help him escape. Molly then accompanies Johnny on his cross-country flight but soon learns he's simply been using her. Molly makes the best of the situation, however, and by the time the sheriff's posse catches up with them, Molly shows that she's learned how to assert herself. Written by dinky-4

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Last film of Cynthia Myers. See more »

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Take Me Home
Music by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Renée Armand
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You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks.
18 November 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Middle-aged Vera Miles is married to a bland, somewhat domineering sheriff and longs for love and self-esteem. She succumbs to the oily charm of young murderous stud Sam Elliot, a "guest" at her husband's jail.

She frees him and together they flee. However, she soon finds that life on the lam is no life at all and that her new love might not be the misunderstood romantic she thought he was.

A satisfying low-budget frontier drama/adventure, Elliot and Miles deliver good performances and are well cast as the naive Molly and the vile John.

Of interest is the chance to see a young Sam Elliot in a central role, long before he perfected his unmistakable western drawl. Here he sounds like a California surfer!

Overall, a good effort. It's too bad though, that the great character actor Clu Gulager is wasted on a small role as a grungy sheriff's deputy.


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