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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 »


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


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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


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>

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Release Date:

18 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lei na Terra dos Bandoleiros See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Listen to the Mockingbird
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
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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.

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