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Land Beyond the Law (1937)

Wild and woolly Chip Douglas becomes a lawman after his father is killed in New Mexico territory and helps avoid a range war.


B. Reeves Eason


Luci Ward (screenplay), Joseph K. Watson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ... John 'Chip' Douglas Jr. (as Dick Foran the Singing Cowboy)
Linda Perry ... Louise Turner
Wayne Morris ... Dave Massey (Credits) / Dave Seymour
Harry Woods ... Tascosa
Irene Franklin ... 'Cattle Kate' Turner
Frank Orth ... Deputy Shorty Long
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Major Daniel Adair
Cy Kendall ... Slade Henaberry
Glenn Strange ... Bandy Malarkey
Milton Kibbee ... Sheriff Spence (as Milt Kibbee)
Edmund Cobb ... Mason
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Kirby
Tom Brower ... John Douglas Sr.
Paul Panzer ... Jim Blake
Smoke Smoke ... Chip's Horse (as Smoke the Wonder Horse)


When Chip Douglas' father is murdered by rustlers, Chip is appointed Sheriff to combat the lawlessness. The culprits are Henaberry and Tascosa who now start a range war by burning out the ranchers. But when Chip goes after them he gets caught by Tascosa. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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HE SOUGHT DEATH WITH A SMILE - HIS GIRL WITH A SONG! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

13 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banditi divjega zapada See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tascosa, Slade's Henchman: [Threateningly] I'll handle this my way!
Charles 'Chip' Douglas: Why don't you turn around and shoot me in the back? That's your way!
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Remake of The Big Stampede (1932) See more »


Whisper While You're Waltzing
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Dick Foran and party guests
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They Seem Like Intelligent Guys
23 July 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Land Beyond The Law rancher Tom Brower is at his wit's end with hell raising son Dick Foran who doesn't even work for Brower, but for rival Cy Kendall. It's not jealousy, but the fact that Kendall is suspected by Brower of some cattle rustling.

When Brower is killed, Governor Lew Wallace of New Mexico appoints young Foran the sheriff and he's a changed man. Foran does what one expects from a cowboy hero and sings a few songs along the way. The man's voice was truly wasted here, he should have been in musicals.

Of course there's some romance here with Linda Perry, daughter of saloon owner Irene Franklin. Foran has some rivalry with Wayne Morris for her and Frank Orth is around for comic relief.

My big problem with Land Beyond The Law is the fact that I could not believe that Foran, Morris, and their third friend Glenn Strange could not figure out all the evil that was being done by their boss Kendall and his chief lieutenant Harry Woods. They seem like intelligent guys to me. It just did not ring true at all.

Dick Foran is in good voice though it's wasted on some forgettable songs. His fans should appreciate this film.

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