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West of the Law (1942)

The Rough Riders arrive to fight Rand, Ludlow and their gang. Buck poses as a preacher, Tim as a preacher, and Sandy as an undertaker. Buck not only wants the outlaws, but also their unknown boss.


Howard Bretherton (as Howard P. Bretherton)


Adele Buffington (original screenplay) (as Jess Bowers)




Complete credited cast:
Buck Jones ... Marshal Buck Roberts posing as Rocky Saunders
Tim McCoy ... Marshal Tim McCall
Raymond Hatton ... Marshal Sandy Hopkins
Evelyn Cook Evelyn Cook ... Julie Todd (as Evelyn Cooke)
Harry Woods ... Jim Rand
Jack Daley Jack Daley ... John Corbett
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Ray Mason (as Bud McTaggart)
Milburn Morante ... Rufus Todd (as Milt Moranti)
Roy Barcroft ... Ludlow
Silver Silver ... Silver


In the 8th (and last) entry in the Scott R. Dunlap-produced "Rough Riders" series for Monogram, the town of Gold Creek is in turmoil due to the hi-jacking of gold. Newspaper editor Rufus Tood is going to publish the fact that a dying miner accused Rand and Ludlow of being his attackers. John Corbett, the town's leading citizen and Todd's supposed friend, but in reality the man behind the gang, has Todd's presses wrecked. The latter sends for U.S. Marshal Buck Roberts, who stops a holdup of miner Ray Mason, carrying gold in a wagon, and brings the wounded Ray to town and secretes the wagon. Marshals Tim McCall, posing as a preacher, and Sandy Hopkins, posing as an undertaker, have also arrived in town. The coffins Sandy brings contain a new printing press for Todd. With the aid of his daughter Julie, Todd puts out an edition naming Rand and Ludlow as crooks and demanding the name of the man behind the crimes. The crooks identify Buck as the man who took the gold wagon from them, and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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OUTLAWS ARE OUT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Chicago Saturday 18 December 1948 on WBKB (Channel 4), in New York City Thursday 6 January 1949 on WATV (Channel 13), in Los Angeles Wednesday 26 January 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in Philadelphia Friday 30 December 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3). See more »


Follows Forbidden Trails (1941) See more »

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Freedom Of The Press
7 May 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Rough Rider team of Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, and Raymond Hatton saddled up for the last time for Monogram when they go west to a town being where the miners are being plagued by hijackers.

A gang led by veteran western heavies Harry Woods and Roy Barcroft are our villains. They in turn are being led by another who is the brains. Thr film doesn't keep it a secret but I will.

One thing this film does feature is an attack on the town newspaper. Robbing gold shipments is one thing, but violating the freedom of the press? It was what we were in Europe and the Pacific defending.

This was a good B western to end the original series with.

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Release Date:

2 October 1942 (USA) See more »

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West of the Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Great Western Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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