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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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Terror on the loose - as men lose their reason in the grip of mob rule ! 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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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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Finally on TCM..................a really worthwhile film
14 December 2011 | by rsdaSee all my reviews

THE DIVIDING LINE originally called THE LAWLESS in the States is a brilliant film from Joseph Losey. I suppose the American title may have sounded like a Western film so they changed it for England. What it is, is a indictment of the racial emotions and fears of the 1950's in America. The cast is superb. MacDonald Carey has never been better and he has always been an under rated performer in films. Also Gail Russell gives a performance of such honesty and naturalness that you feel you are seeing her for the first time. She was always a great beauty and good leading lady but here she proves that her early death is even more tragic because of what we know she was capable of. The film is unmissable.


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