5.8/10
139
7 user 3 critic

The Law West of Tombstone (1938)

Passed | | History, Music, Romance | 18 November 1938 (USA)
Notoriuos liar Bill Barker, having been banished westward by the law, talks the townspeople of Martinez into making him Mayor and Judge. Here he has to deal with the outlaw the Tonto Kid, ... See full summary »

Director:

Glenn Tryon

Writers:

Clarence Upson Young (story), John Twist (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kit Russell, appointed special investigator, has infiltrated a local robber gang ostensibly led by Snap, but has found out that an unnamed local person is really the brains behind the ... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Tim Holt, Cliff Edwards, Ann Summers
Drama | Fantasy | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Bill Williams, Barbara Hale, Richard Quine
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The secretary of an affably suave radio mystery host mysteriously commits suicide after his wealthy young niece disappears.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Claude Rains, Joan Caulfield, Audrey Totter
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Bill Barker
Tim Holt ... Ted - aka The Tonto Kid
Evelyn Brent ... Clara 'Clary' Martinez
Jean Rouverol ... Nitta Moseby
Clarence Kolb ... Sam Kent
Allan Lane ... Danny Sanders
Esther Muir ... Madame Mustache
Bradley Page ... Doc Howard
Paul Guilfoyle ... Bud McQuinn
Robert Spindola Robert Spindola ... Joey Chuy (as Robert Moya)
Ward Bond ... Mulligan P. Martinez
George Irving ... Mort Dixon
Edit

Storyline

Notoriuos liar Bill Barker, having been banished westward by the law, talks the townspeople of Martinez into making him Mayor and Judge. Here he has to deal with the outlaw the Tonto Kid, the troublesome McQuinn Brothers, and look after his daughter Nita Mosby who thinks her father is dead. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This is a different Western! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lei na Terra dos Bandoleiros See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Watch for a very brief appearance by Charles Middleton (I) as the town's newspaper editor. Middleton is best known for his portrayal of Ming the Merciless in the :Flash Gordon" serials. See more »

Connections

Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855)
Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner (1855) (Published under the name Alice Hawthorne)
Played by Don Barclay at the Texas Rose Saloon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Draw Like Hickok And Lie Like Munchausen
3 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Harry Carey plays a combination character in the lead role of The Law West Of Tombstone. He's a quick draw and a deadly shot in the tradition of Wild Bill Hickok and can spin a yarn better than Baron Munchausen. Those talents have served him well in his career in this film and like Judge Roy Bean, he's declared himself the law in the newly forming town of Martinez, Arizona as Mayor and Justice of the Peace.

This was obviously a more ambitious undertaking of a film than what arrived for the movie-going public of 1938. There are whole chunks of this that obviously were left on the cutting room floor and you have to bridge quite a lot to get a coherent story.

Tim Holt plays a young protégé of sorts for Carey, a young outlaw he'd like to see settle down. And Evelyn Brent plays Carey's daughter who doesn't know she's his daughter. But this film is strictly Carey's show. Allan Lane who later was a cowboy hero himself plays a young outlaw who shoots it out with Holt and comes up short and dead.

It's an unusual western and one I'd like to have seen a director's cut of, but that sure isn't likely.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed