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The Lawless Breed (1953)

Approved | | Western | 3 January 1953 (USA)
After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

John Wesley Hardin (based on the life of John Wesley Hardin as written by himself), Bernard Gordon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... John Wesley Hardin
Julie Adams ... Rosie McCoy (as Julia Adams)
Mary Castle ... Jane Brown
John McIntire ... J.G. Hardin / John Clements
Hugh O'Brian ... Ike Hanley
Dennis Weaver ... Jim Clements
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Zeke Jenkins
Lee Van Cleef ... Dirk Hanley
Tom Fadden ... Chick Noonan - Undertaker
Race Gentry ... Young John Hardin
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... Joe Clements
Glenn Strange ... Ben Hanley
William Pullen William Pullen ... Joe Hardin
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Storyline

Released from jail, John Wesley Hardin leaves an account of his life with the local newspaper. It tells of his overly religious father, his resulting life of cards and guns, and his love for his step-sister replaced on her death during a gun fight with that for dance-hall girl Rosie. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Man with a Gun See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real John Wesley Hardin was a sadistic, sociopathic killer who murdered at least 43 people, many from ambush, some shot in the back and one for snoring too loudly. The actual number of people he killed is still unknown. A raging alcoholic, many of his most murderous sprees were fueled by his prodigious consumption of the almost toxic hard liquor of those days. See more »

Goofs

Mid-point in the film, as the wounded Hardin is being helped into hiding by his uncle, a two-trailer truck drives by in the background, clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

John Clements: What are you doing on the trail? Trying to pick up a little stray business?
Chick Noonan: I pick up business any place I can find it. Business was good in Abilene. I had a special embalming and burying job on the Durango Kid. And if I do say so myself, when he was laid out, his own wife didn't even know him. She thought he was a stranger asleep in the parlor.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Texas State Penitentiary-1896

The"Badmen"of the West, the Jameses, the Daltons, the Ringos, and Youngers, are now part of American folk-lore. Research has added another name to the list- JOHN WESLEY HARDIN.

Hardin's story is unique because it was written by the man himself. This extraordinary testament, now a collector's item, was published in Seguin, Texas in 1896. See more »

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Referenced in Notes from the Blacklist (2011) See more »

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Family conflict on the range
13 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Decent if a bit overdone western competently directed by Walsh. Rock Hudson, right on the cusp of big time stardom with his next film Magnificent Obsession, is solid in the lead. The always reliable Julie Adams, a most underrated talent that Hollywood never figured out how to use properly, is terrific if stuck with the thankless part of the whore with a heart of gold who is redeemed by the love of a man. John Ireland appears in a dual role, he's fine in the one, the trusted uncle and a bit much in the other as Hudson's father although with the purple prose he has to deliver who can blame him for trying to make something out of it by going over the top.


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