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The Lawless (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 June 1950 (USA)
A newspaper editor in a small agricultural town finds himself going against the people in the town when he gets involved in the plight of the area's fruit pickers, who are mostly Mexican.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writer:

Daniel Mainwaring (written for the screen by) (as Geoffrey Homes)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macdonald Carey ... Larry Wilder
Gail Russell ... Sunny Garcia
Johnny Sands ... Joe Ferguson (as John Sands)
Lee Patrick ... Jan Dawson
John Hoyt ... Ed Ferguson
Lalo Rios Lalo Rios ... Paul Rodriguez
Maurice Jara Maurice Jara ... Lopo Chavez
Walter Reed ... Jim Wilson
Herbert Anderson ... Jonas Creel (as Guy Anderson)
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Rodriguez
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Mr. Jensen
Gloria Winters ... Mildred Jensen
John Davis John Davis ... Harry Pawling
Martha Hyer ... Caroline Tyler
Frank Fenton ... Mr. Prentiss
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Storyline

Former big city newsman Larry Wilder is tired of fighting the powers that be and just wants to enjoy his new life as a small-town newspaper editor. He thinks his bucolic new home will provide him with an easy and unconflicted life. But when a young Latino farmworker is goaded into a fight by racist rich boys, Wilder finds himself the only white citizen of the town willing to stand up for the boy's rights. He joins with Sunny Garcia, a staffer for a small weekly newspaper for the Hispanic workers, in trying to see justice done and possibly to save a life. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Now this is the showdown ... with one man and girl standing up against ... The Lawless ! See more »


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Film debut of Tab Hunter. See more »

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Sunny Garcia: I met you years ago.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1994) See more »

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Racism And A Blacklisted Director

When commenting about "The Lawless" (from 1950) - I know one thing for certain - It's very rare to come across a Hollywood production from that one's era that actually dared to make such a bold and adverse statement regarding serious racial discrimination in "Smalltown, USA".

Set in and around the seemingly quiet town of Santa Marta, California - "The Lawless" was certainly a tough, little social drama (once things finally got cooking) that clearly pitted the privileged whites against the "near-poverty-level" Mexican fruit-pickers of Sleepy Hollow.

I think it's interesting to note that this low-budget production was one of the very last Hollywood pictures to be directed by Joseph Losey.

In 1951 Losey was, indeed, blacklisted (for his apparent Communist ties). And with his directing career in Tinseltown now completely ruined by those self-righteous witch-hunters - He had fled to Europe where he attempted to continue his present occupation over there.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outrage See more »

Filming Locations:

Grass Valley, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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