Lawless Range (1935)

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    • Lawless Range (1935)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


      Plot Summary
      John Middleton is investigating cattle rustling when he is captured and tossed into a cave with Emmett,
      a rancher who disappeared earlier. They help each other escape and learn that a local banker is trying
      to scare everyone away to grab up some secret gold mines.
      Summary written by Ed Stephan

      When Middleton's friend Mason asks for help, he sends his son John.
      John arrives to find Mason missing and Burns' gang controlling the town.
      After bringing provisions to the besieged town, he plans a cattle drive.
      But Banker Carter gets the ranchers to start the drive early so Burns' gang can rustle them.
      The gang also makes John a prisoner to keep him out of the way.
      Summary written by Maurice VanAuken

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... John Middleton, aka John Allen
      Sheila Bromley .... Ann Mason (as Sheila Mannors)
      Frank McGlynn Jr. .... Frank Carter (banker)
      Jack Curtis .... Marshal
      Wally Howe .... Uncle Hank Mason
      Julia Griffin .... Aunt Marie Mason
      Yakima Canutt .... Joe Burns (chief Carter henchman)
      Earl Dwire .... Emmett (storekeeper)
      Victor Adamson .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Chuck Baldra .... Outlaw singer (uncredited)
      Charles Brinley .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Bob Burns .... Bert (storekeeper) (uncredited)
      Fred Burns .... Rancher (uncredited)
      Horace B. Carpenter .... Clem (uncredited)
      Frank Ellis .... Member of 'necktie party' (uncredited)
      Sam Flint .... Sam Middleton (John's father) (uncredited)
      Herman Hack .... Robber (uncredited)
      Ray Henderson .... Gambler (uncredited)
      Jack Kirk .... Burns' Henchman (uncredited)
      Bob Kortman .... Tall ranch hand clocking John (uncredited)
      George Ovey .... Shorty (ranch hand clocking John) (uncredited)
      Tex Palmer .... Deputy Tex (uncredited)
      Fred Parker .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Pascale Perry .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Charles Sargent .... Outlaw Singer (uncredited)
      James Sheridan .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Glenn Strange .... Burns' Henchman (uncredited)
      Francis Walker .... Cowhand (uncredited)
      Slim Whitaker .... Burns' Henchman (uncredited)
      The Wranglers .... Singing Cowhands (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Lindsley Parsons also story

      Original Music
      Sam Perry (uncredited)
      Clifford Vaughan (uncredited)

      Archie Stout

      Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
      Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
      Francis Walker .... stunts (uncredited)

      Originally meant to be a Monogram-Lone Star western, this picture was instead released by Republic after that company's temporary (as it turned out) takeover of Monogram in 1935.

      * Continuity: Middleton is singing and playing the guitar as he approaches the town. When he goes off to Mason's valley, there is no guitar with him but he has one when he gets to Mason's house.

      * Continuity: When is caught by the posse he has no gun in his holster, despite having two (his own and Ann Mason's) just before he gets on his horse to flee.

      * Continuity: When Middleton foils the attempt on the wagons, he wears a white hat. That night at the bar, he is wearing a black hat.

      * Continuity: The two handwritten letters are from different people (Hank Mason and Tex, an outlaw) but the handwriting is exactly the same in each.

      * Continuity: Middleton is captured by the outlaws and is disarmed with his gun being put into a drawer. When he escapes and rides to the rescue he is armed again. Similarly Hank Mason has neither gun-belt nor gun while he is being held captive, but has acquired both by the time he reaches the cattle herd.

      * Revealing mistakes: Middleton is riding cross country, he has no canteen, saddlebags or bed roll.

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Lone Pine, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 7 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Lawless Range is a 1935 Western film produced by Monogram Pictures,
      released by Republic Pictures, directed by Robert N. Bradbury and starring John Wayne.

      Duke at this time was emerging as one of Republic's top money makers.
      Duke, John Middleton, organizes a wagon caravan, to ship much needed food,
      to the townsfolk.
      This film found Duke once again, singing and strumming his guitar,
      However, this was to be his last, in this genre.HOORAH!!!
      Robert North Bradbury directed, and Archie Stout's camera work,
      enhanced the picture.

      Frank McGlynn Jr. and Yak added their able support.
      Duke's love, interest the lovely Shiela Bromley once Mannors,
      was another of Duke's early screen, got the chemistry girls.
      They made several films together.

      However, at this stage, each movie was like the last, nothing ever changed, even the horses,were becoming recognizable!!

      User Review
      Author: Christopher Mulrooney from Los Angeles

      This is the singing John Wayne (his voice is dubbed by an excellent baritone)
      in a tale of multiple deceptions and heroisms.
      The complications of the plot appear to be characteristic of R.N. Bradbury,
      who likes a good joke, as well as numerous details like the moths around the evening singalong,
      and the prodigious ease with which his hero plucks the villain (a hornswoggling banker) off his saddle.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Hi Keith,
      I was much impressed with the beginning of the film. Duke had gret chances to be a rodeo champion, but he put it all away to help his fathers friend. It is great to see and very rare in life. To say truth I myself can't do it.

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