The Lawless (1950)





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The Lawless was director Joseph Losey's second feature-length film. The story concerns a group of Mexican-American migrant workers who are subjected to all sorts of abuse and intolerance by their California bosses. A violent clash between whites and Latinos at a dance results in a torrent of bigotry. Seemingly the only Californian willing to champion the workers' cause is crusading newspaperman Larry Wilder, and soon he too is the victim of senseless mob violence. The story boils to a manhunt … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Mainwaring
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2009
Maverick Entertainment Group


as Larry Wilder

as Sunny Garcia

as Joe Ferguson

as Jan Dawson

as Ed Ferguson

as Joe Ferguson

as Paul Rodriguez

as Lopo Chavez

as Jim Wilson

as Jonas Creel

as Mrs. Rodriguez

as Mr. Jensen

as Mildred Jensen

as Harry Pawling

as Caroline Tyler

as Mr. Prentis

as Chief of Police Blak...

as Mr. Rodriguez

as Sgt. Al Peters

as Fred Jackson

as Frank O'Brien

as Eldredge

as Anderson

as Mrs. Jensen

as Pete Cassell

as Cadwallader

as Carl Green

as Motorcycle Officer

as Mr. Garcia
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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

This early, socially-conscious film by Joseph Losey, before he was blacklisted, deals with racial discrimination in a powerful way.

Full Review… | June 2, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Lawless

Tightly paced social problem programmer is well directed by Losey. Carey was never the strongest of leading men and perhaps the film would have been better served by an actor with more gravitas in the lead but he turns in an acceptable performance. Gail Russell is fine in the limited screen time she has but her role isn't really noteworthy. The person who is underutilized is Lee Patrick as an out of town reporter, whenever she's on screen the other actors recede into the background so sharp is her presence, the mark of a truly outstanding supporting performer. The story is sadly relevant however even today, how people can be swayed by mob rule and unreasoning prejudice.

jay nixon

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