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The Law Commands (1937)

Approved | | Drama, History, Western | 7 May 1937 (USA)
Night riders are terrorizing homesteaders, and the town doctor tries to keep the locals from forming a vigilante group. After more towns people are killed, however, the rest of the town ... See full summary »

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... Dr. Keith Kenton
Lorraine Randall ... Mary Lee Johnson (as Lorraine Hayes)
... John Abbott (as Robert Fisk)
... Kentuck' Jones
... Frago (as Mathew Betz)
... Frank Clark
... Jed Johnson
Marie Stoddard ... Min Jones
Charlotte Treadway ... Martha Abbott
... Danny Johnson
Allan Cavan ... Judge
... Jason (as Horace Carpenter)
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Night riders are terrorizing homesteaders, and the town doctor tries to keep the locals from forming a vigilante group. After more towns people are killed, however, the rest of the town makes the doctor the town sheriff and tells him to clean up the gang. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Opening crawl: In 1862, the imminent passing of the Homestead Act, giving all Americans the right to acquire 160 acres of government land, started the tide of empire westward. The rich lands of Iowa beckoned, but no sooner had settlers planted their crops when ruthless land sharks made their appearance. Their terror was especially felt in Johnson County where cowardly night riders descended on the farmers and drove them from their lands.
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Good cast, mostly well directed in good story that, alas, falls apart at end
31 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

"The Law Commands" is available at YouTube. Lots of very good movies are available at YouTube. But sometimes the people uploading them don't do a very good job, or, worse, they don't have a complete print of whatever they're offering.

"The Law Commands" is one of the latter. It looks like an entire reel is missing because suddenly the bad guys are on the run with no explanation as to why.

That is really too bad because the story begins extremely well, with a superlative cast presenting the story, and speaking some intelligent dialog throughout most of the movie.

Some of the actors, including one of my favorites, Tom Keene, and Carl Stockdale and Robert Fiske as a bad guy, would stand out in any production.

One of my motion picture heroes, David Sharpe, is new and young here, but even so, he gives a believable performance.

Then the apparent missing reel and the rather lame and tame ending causes it all to seem pretty flat. Frankly, I'm puzzled why it happened.

Still, I'm glad I watched and I hope you will too.


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