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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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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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Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Identified by critic Thom Andersen as an example of "film gris", a suggested sub-category of film noir incorporating a left-wing narrative. See more »

Quotes

Cadwallader: See that white line over there? If I was the sheriff, which I ain't, since I never was lazy enough to work for the county, I'd hike right along it, to the river.
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culture clashes with workers
22 May 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Pretty impressive description of the culture struggles between the white bread caucasians and Mexican workers in 1950. Right from the start, we see a confrontation between the young upper class Joe Ferguson (John Sands... where did he go, anyway...?) and the blue-collar worker Lopo Chavez (Maurice Jara in his first role.), trying to make ends meet Also in his first role is 20 year old Tab Hunter as "Frank". Nice performance by the attractive 25-year- old Gail Russell as the lead Sunny Garcia; unfortunately Russell died before 40 from a heart attack and alleged alcoholism. The story is that when reporter Jonas Creel (Herb Anderson) meets up with Sunny at a dance, he turns in a story on the fight that breaks out, and the poop hits the fan. Macdonald Carey is the union rep "Wilder" caught in the middle, along with Creel, the reporter. Then we see the fathers and sons discussing who gets what punishment, and the chase is on for one of the workers Paul Rodriguez (Lalo Rios) who may or may not have committed a serious crime. Good story. Many of these same issues are still hot-button issues today in southern California, and all along the U.S. border.


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