The Lawless Nineties (1936)

The Lawless Nineties (1936)





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Republic's The Lawless Nineties reteams the studio's up-and-coming cowboy star John Wayne with 19-year-old ingenue Ann Rutherford. Wayne plays John Tipton, who is determined to break up the corrupt Wyoming-territory political machine run by Charles K. Plummer (Harry Woods). What Tipton doesn't know is that Plummer is also the head of a night-riding vigilante army, bent on killing anyone who opposes his reign. Among Plummer's victims is newspaper editor Major Carter (George "Gabby" Hayes), but Carter's pretty daughter Janet (Rutherford) vows to carry on her dad's work. Amazingly, hero Tipton doesn't have to rely on his fists or fancy gunplay to rout the villains: this time around, Democracy itself saves the day. And in only 58 minutes! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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John Wayne
as John Tipton
Ann Rutherford
as Janet Carter
Harry Woods
as Charles K. Plummer
George 'Gabby' Hayes
as Major Carter
Al Bridge
as Steele
Lane Chandler
as Bridger
Etta McDaniel
as Mandy Lou
Tom Brower
as Marshall
Cliff Lyons
as Davis
Charles King
as Hartley
Tom London
as Ward
Sam Flint
as Pierce
Earl Seaman
as T. Roosevelt
Tracy Layne
as Belden
Philo McCullough
as Outlaw Leader
Monte Blue
as Outlaw
James Harrison
as Telegraph Operator
Lew Meehan
as Henchman
Tracy Lane
as Belden
Horace B. Carpenter
as Dynamite Thrower
Curley Dresden
as Townsman
Tex Palmer
as Henchman
Jimmie Harrison
as Telegraph Operator
Jack Kirk
as Henchman
Edward Hearn
as Townsman
Steve Clark
as Henchman
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Critic Reviews for The Lawless Nineties

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Better than average B Western that salutes democracy.

Full Review… | August 27, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Lawless Nineties

One of the dozen of quickie oaters the Duke did on his way up. This one has the bonus of Ann Rutherford also on her way up before being signed by MGM as well as Hattie McDaniel's sister Etta in a small role but the whole thing is strictly routine.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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"what preventin' you from gettin' married yourself?" Synopsis: Federal agent John Tipton goes to the Wyoming territory to clean out the bandits who are harassing settlers and preventing a vote for statehood. Before John Ford's classic Stagecoach, westerns were the equivalent of the sci-fi films of the 50's and sixties. Instead of the obligatory monster, there was in it's place the obligatory gunfight or physical confrontation. The characters were poorly developed and the actors chosen were often of limited talent. Productions were small and economic and the writing was considered inferior to other contemporary genre's. Or, so i've read. The Lawless Nineties is my very first pre-Stagecoach B-movie western. And everything i've read about such a film is completely represented in this John Wayne picture. The film is very blunt, simple, and uninspired but the actual story is a rather interesting one involving voting polls and a motion for statehood. This early western is also greatly helped by some fine action sequences, and when the film takes to horseback, it's surprisingly entertaining. Inevitably though, when the picture returns to the studio to capture interior scenes the film loses it's momentum. Otherwise there really isn't much to say about The Lawless Nineties, it's obviously shares many similarities with the later sci-fi films of the sixties, meaning it's quite campy in it's own way, but it's a nice curiosity for fans of westerns, and probably one of the better to hail from a time before john Ford redefined the genre.

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