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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.

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Joe Ferguson (as John Sands)
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Jan Dawson
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Ed Ferguson
Lalo Rios ...
Paul Rodriguez
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Lopo Chavez
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Jim Wilson
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Jonas Creel (as Guy Anderson)
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Mrs. Rodriguez
William Edmunds ...
Mr. Jensen
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Mildred Jensen
John Davis ...
Harry Pawling
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Caroline Tyler
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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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The movie debut of 1950's teen idol 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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Finally on TCM..................a really worthwhile film
14 December 2011 | by See 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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