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The Lawless Breed

The Lawless Breed (1952)

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Release Date: Jan 3, 1953 Wide

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The Lawless Breed is based on the exploits of Texas bad man John Wesley Hardin, played here quite convincingly by Rock Hudson. The film takes the Cecil B. DeMille approach of condemning evil by showing as much evil as the censor will allow. After nearly an hour of unrepentant perfidy, Hardin settles down to marry good woman Julie Adams. In middle age, he determines to steer his son clear of outlawry, resulting in a sentimental but non-maudlin finale. Directed by Raoul Walsh, who had given Rock

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Western, Action & Adventure, Classics

Jun 9, 1998

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Highly inaccurate biopic on legendary Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Indifferent Western about a repulsive outlaw, with some decent use of color as a saving grace.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
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Decent if a bit overdone western competently directed by Walsh. Hudson, right on the cusp of big time stardom with his next film Magnificient Obsession, is solid in the lead. The always reliable Julie Adams is fine 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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