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Guns of the Law (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Music | 31 March 1944 (USA)
The 11th in the series of 14 "Texas Rangers" westerns from P.R.C. that starred Dave O'Brien and Jim Newill, before Newill was replaced by Tex Ritter in the concluding eight films of a very ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
... Texas RangerTex Wyatt (as Dave 'Tex' O'Brien)
... Texas Ranger Jim Steele (as Jim Newill)
... Texas Ranger Panhandle Perkins
... Lillian Wilkins
... Jed Wilkins
... Kendall Lowther (as Charles King Jr.)
... Surveyor Sam Brisco
... Joe Hyslop (as Robert Kortman)
... Henchman Dan Tyndall
... Henchman Tom Binns


The 11th in the series of 14 "Texas Rangers" westerns from P.R.C. that starred Dave O'Brien and Jim Newill, before Newill was replaced by Tex Ritter in the concluding eight films of a very bad 22-films series: Lillian Wilkins and her old Civil War Veteran Uncle Jed Wilkins own a ranch through which a pipeline will be laid. They are unaware of this but Dan Tyndall, Joe Hyslop and Tom Binns are aware of the possibilities for a quick profit and set out to prove through crooked-surveyor Sam Brisco that the land has been improperly surveyed and not rightfully the possession of the Wilkins. They go to family friend and attorney Kendall Lowther for advice and this is not a good move as Lowther is actually the brains behind the scheme to beat them out of their property. But Texas Rangers Tex Wyatt and Jim Steele show up to take a hand on the side of the Wilkins. That also means that Panhandle Perkins, accompanied by Lee Zahler's horrific comedy scoring, will also show up. Wilkerson's comedy ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RANGERS TAKE OVER...As they fight their way thru a hail of bullets! See more »


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Release Date:

31 March 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I nemici della legge  »

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Followed by The Pinto Bandit (1944) See more »


Ranger a-Ridin'
by James Newill (as Newill) and Dave O'Brien (as O'Brien)
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Populist tinge
1 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

That weaponry belonging to Dave O'Brien, James Newill, and Guy Wilkerson are the Guns Of The Law referred to in the title. The three are Texas Rangers and in this film of the PRC series they are responding to some crooked surveying that is throwing a lot of honest ranchers off their land.

The call for help came from Budd Buster and Jennifer Holt, father and daughter owners of a small ranch and Buster was at one time Guy Wilkerson's commanding officer in the Confederate army. But he's gone a bit soft in the head and to put him at ease, Wilkerson wears his old Confederate uniform throughout the picture.

B westerns sometimes had a populist tinge to them and Guns Of The Law definitely fits in that category. For villains we get a crooked surveyor and a crooked lawyer behind him. But they get taken care of in the usual cowboy way.

PRC was a poverty row studio so don't expect much. Still it's OK entertainment then and now for a Saturday matinée.

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