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Without Honors (1932)

Passed | | Western | 2 January 1932 (USA)
A gambler joins the Texas Rangers in hopes of finding the true perpetrators of the killings in which his brother is implicated.


William Nigh


Harry L. Fraser (scenario) (as Harry P. Crist), Lee Sage (story)

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Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Pete Marlan
Mae Busch ... Mary Ryan
Gibson Gowland ... Mike Donovan
Mary Jane Irving Mary Jane Irving ... Bernice Donovan
Ed Brady ... Lopez Venero
Jack Richardson ... Steve Henderson
Tom London ... 'Sholt' Fletcher
Lafe McKee ... Ranger Capt. Frank Henderson
Lee Sage Lee Sage ... Jack Marlan - Texas Ranger
Ed Jones Ed Jones ... Mac McLain - Texas Ranger (as Pardner Jones)
Maston Williams ... Jim Bowman - the Gambler


A border smuggling gang is using a dag with a fake fur blanket to deliver the loot. When the Sheriff sends Jack Marlin after them and he gets killed, his brother Pete goes after the killers. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

2 January 1932 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Salt Lake City Friday 16 December 1949 on KDYL (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Friday 6 January 1950 on KLAC (Channel 13). See more »


Featured in Western Outlaws: 50 Movie MegaPack (2016) See more »

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diamond in the rough adult western noir before there was such a thing
1 July 2010 | by winner55See all my reviews

Every now and then you find a real gem in the rough among the old genre films.

This is the toughest-minded Western of its type I've ever seen. There are elements here prophetic of the 'adult Western' that would come into its own in the '50s, and some elements are suggestive of what became the 'film noir' of the '40s. As a gambler out to avenge his brother's murder (really a precursor of the 'anti-hero' type that would dominate Westerns in the '60s), Harry Carey gives a bravura performance: Marlin (Carrey) is on his way to meet the gang leader. Mary: Oh, that's dangerous! Marlin: Huh? Mary: That's dangerous. Marlin (pushing his hat forward): Gosh, I hope so.

Mary. BTW, is Marlin's old flame, a woman of questionable repute who has married a bad man after being widowed and who gave her daughter away - a daughter raised by an alcoholic who beats her.

Yeah, this is not one for the kiddies. Consider for instance the fist-fights - typical barrel-house round swinging, broken chairs, etc, right? Wrong. How about close order efforts to get behind the other guy and knock him down with a gun butt. Fighting fair is for people who don't like to win.

Short, dark and handsomely made, this film is light on genre conventions and hard on impact. Absolutely remarkable for it's period. 1932? Absolutely remarkable.

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