The Lawless Nineties (1936)

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    • The Lawless Nineties (1936)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


      Plot Summary
      While the honest citizens of the Wyoming Territory are working to gain statehood,
      their efforts are hampered by marauding outlaws. Undercover government agents
      John Tipton (John Wayne) and Bridger (Lane Chandler) are sent to Crockett City
      to help ensure an honest statehood election. John and Bridger split up and
      John befriends a trio of settlers harassed by outlaws.
      They are Major Carter (George Hayes), his daughter Janet (Ann Rutherford)
      and their servant Moses (Fred Toones.)
      Carter is coming as the new editor and publisher of the Crockett City Blade,
      and when he announces plans to use the power of the press to fight lawlessness
      and aid the statehood cause, he is warned by Charles Plummer (Harry Woods),
      chairman of the Law and Order Committee, that his is not a healthy stance.
      Bridger is murdered when a wiretapper (Lloyd Ingraham) in Plummer's employ
      intercepts a telegram revealing Bridger's identity as a government agent,
      and Major Carter dies when he is "accidently" shot from a pre-staged fight between two of the gang members.
      A trap set by John captures most of the gang members but he still doesn't know
      who the leader of the gang is; he soon learns when taken prisoner by Plummer and his remaining henchmen.
      Summary written by Les Adams

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... John Tipton
      Ann Rutherford .... Janet Carter
      Harry Woods .... Charles K. Plummer
      George 'Gabby' Hayes .... Maj. Carter (as George Hayes)
      Al Bridge .... Steele
      Fred 'Snowflake' Toones .... Moses (as Snowflake)
      Etta McDaniel .... Mandy Lou Schaefer
      Tom Brower .... Marshal Bowen
      Lane Chandler .... Bridger
      Cliff Lyons .... Davis
      Jack Rockwell .... Smith
      Al Taylor .... Henchman Red
      Charles King .... Henchman Hartley
      George Chesebro .... Henchman Green
      Tracy Layne .... Belden (as Tracy Lane)
      Chuck Baldra .... Tex
      Sam Flint .... Justice Department official
      Tom London .... Henchman Ward
      Bob Burns .... Settler (uncredited)
      Horace B. Carpenter .... Dynamite thrower (uncredited)
      Steve Clark .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Jim Corey .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Art Dillard .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Curley Dresden .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Henry Hall .... Mayor (uncredited)
      James Harrison .... Telegraph operator (uncredited)
      Edward Hearn .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Lloyd Ingraham .... Tom (telegraph interceptor) (uncredited)
      Jack Kirk .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Philo McCullough .... Outlaw leader (uncredited)
      Lew Meehan .... Henchman (uncredited)
      George Morrell .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Bud Osborne .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Tex Palmer .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Pascale Perry .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Rose Plumer .... Homesteader's wife (uncredited)
      Bud Pope .... Deputy (uncredited)
      Earl Seaman .... Teddy Roosevelt (uncredited)
      James Sheridan .... Deputy (uncredited)
      Emma Tansey .... Homesteader's wife (uncredited)
      Blackjack Ward ... Reports Gov't Men Coming (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Scott Pembroke story
      Joseph F. Poland story and screenplay

      William Nobles

      Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
      Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)

      Other crew
      Paul Malvern .... supervisor

      Filming Location
      Trem Carr Ranch, Newhall, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 8 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • The Lawless Nineties is a 1936 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane,
      starring John Wayne, and Lane Chandler as federal agents in Wyoming.
      The film also starred a 19-year-old Ann Rutherford.

      Duke as agent John Tipton, is kept busy in this oater,
      particularly in the last reel.

      Joseph Kane, a former editor for Paramount,
      directed and empathized action over story

      Like most of Duke's early director's,
      he shot his movies in 6 days

      Joseph Kane said
      Before you start out in the morning,
      you have to plan what you're going to do...
      so you don't waste anytime

      Duke had deepened the timbre of his voice, and continued to improve
      the delivery of his dialogue.

      Once again the talented actress Anne Rutherford is Duke's love.
      She served as a pleasant foil to Duke's manliness, yet even her
      charm, served as a secondary interest.

      Ann Rutherford said at The Lawless Nineties opening
      The cast is kept so busy, that it can find very little time
      for such luxeries as romance and convention

      The films were relentless, and this was no exception,
      Good fun

      User Review
      Wyoming Statehood
      27 January 2007 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      The year is 1890 and Wyoming would like to be a state, but certain lawless elements want to keep it a territory. There will be a plebiscite to decide the issue and the outlaws are going to win this thing by hook or crook. There's redundancy if I've ever written one.

      The Lawless Nineties has John Wayne as a 'government man' one of several sent in to the territory to see the elections are run fair and square. With maybe more than a little leaning on the side of the homesteaders and small ranchers and merchants who want statehood.

      There actually is some historical basis for this. In this year, the president of the United States is Republican Benjamin Harrison and he's got a Congress with his party controlling both houses. Because of that six states get admitted in his four years as president, Wyoming being one of them the others being Idaho, Montana, Washington, and North and South Dakota. The idea was very simple, the territories were Republican leaning for the most part and would furnish representation in Congress to keep his party in power.

      I'm assuming that the Duke as a 'government man' was working for the Department of Justice and oddly enough the film anticipates by about thirty years the Justice Department performing just such an electoral function that they did in the South after the Voting Rights Act was passed.

      It's a novel and interesting premise for a western and another thing I thought was unique was the outlaw's use of early electronic surveillance to find out what the federal government's plans were and take steps to foil them. Of course there is no radio and the use of the telephone was not common yet in the west. We're talking here about the telegraph and Wayne does figure it out.

      But sad to say that The Lawless Nineties is spoiled by the use of Etta McDaniel and Fred Toone as some black stereotypes, really, really bad ones. Sadder still because there was no need to bring them in, the racial issue just wasn't germane to the plot.

      It's been twenty five years since the end of the Civil War and Toone and McDaniel act like Gabby Hayes and Ann Rutherford as a father and daughter resettled from Virginia still own them. Gabby is far from the grizzled, hairy old cuss we love. He's got a handlebar mustache and a clipped goatee and speaks in cultured upper class Southern tones. Not what we normally get from Gabby.

      The action is good in The Lawless Nineties and I only wish that Republic hadn't seen the need to include McDaniel and Toone in the film.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 6 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      “The Lawless Nineties”

      It’s something I can’t say very often, but here’s a JohnWayne western I had never seen until now. It’s one of the Republic B-Westernsfrom the mid-thirties, and a good one!
    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      “The Lawless Nineties”

      It’s something I can’t say very often, but here’s a JohnWayne western I had never seen until now. It’s one of the Republic B-Westernsfrom the mid-thirties, and a good one!
    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      “The Lawless Nineties”

      It’s something I can’t say very often, but here’s a JohnWayne western I had never seen until now. It’s one of the Republic B-Westernsfrom the mid-thirties, and a good one!

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