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The Lawless Nineties (1936)

Not Rated | | Western | 15 February 1936 (USA)
Federal agent John Tipton heads for Wyoming to supervise the vote on whether to join the Union. One group of locals is using dynamite to terrorize the populace and a local newspaper editor is killed.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Joseph F. Poland (screenplay) (as Joseph Poland), Joseph F. Poland (original story) (as Joseph Poland) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... John Tipton
Ann Rutherford ... Janet Carter
Harry Woods ... Charles K. Plummer
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Major Carter (as George Hayes)
Al Bridge ... Steele
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Moses (as Snowflake)
Etta McDaniel ... Mandy Lou Schaefer
Tom Brower ... Marshal Bowen
Lane Chandler ... Bridger
Cliff Lyons ... Davis - Henchman
Jack Rockwell ... Smith
Al Taylor ... Red - Henchman
Charles King ... Hartley - Henchman
George Chesebro ... Green - Henchman
Tracy Layne Tracy Layne ... Belden
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Storyline

Federal Agents Tipton and Bridger have been sent to Wyoming where the vote on statehood is imminent. Plummer and his gang are out to make sure the vote fails. When Plummer's men kill Bridger, Tipton fights on. He sends fake telegrams that trap some of Plummer's men. Then he organizes the ranchers and on election day they descend on the town barricaded by Plummer's gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atromitos frouros See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cast alone deserves a 12; script and direction another 10
22 May 2019 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Marred slightly by rear-screen projection and stock footage, "The Lawless Nineties" still rates very high for its superior cast, starring John Wayne, and script and directing by Joseph Kane.

There is only a little historical accuracy here, but that is irrelevant in this exciting production, made even more exciting by the usual excellent stunt work by the greats Yakima Canutt and Cliff Lyons.

Just one example of superlative acting is provided in a scene where Etta McDaniel is holding a broom, standing at the back of a meeting room. Right next to the spittoon.

One of the meeting attenders turns around to spit, and she watches carefully. And in turn she needs to be watched carefully, she and the spitter.

The expression on her face is priceless.She was a marvelous actress, and part of the famous acting family that included her more famous sister Hattie and her brother Sam.

All up and down the list of players is quality, including the prolific Tom London and the great villain Charles King.

Some other reviewers must not really know much about the history of B Westerns since they kept expressing surprise at the appearance of George W. Hayes as the editor, called usually "Major" Carter but at least once "Colonel" Carter.

His daughter is played by the adorable Ann Rutherford.

There is a good print at YouTube, apparently recorded from a presentation by AMC. I highly recommend "The Lawless Nineties."


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