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A Lawman Is Born (1937)

Passed | | Western | 21 June 1937 (USA)
An outlaw falsely accused of murder realizes the only way to clear himself is to become a lawman.


Sam Newfield


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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Tom Mitchell
Iris Meredith ... Beth Graham
Warner Richmond ... Kane Briscoe
Mary MacLaren ... Martha Lance
Dick Curtis ... Lefty Drogan
Earle Hodgins ... Sheriff Rock Lance
Charles King ... Bert Moscript
Frank LaRue ... Graham
Al St. John ... Eli Root
Steve Clark ... Sam Brownlee
Jack C. Smith Jack C. Smith ... Ike Manton


The wanted outlaw Tom Mitchell has put away his guns and now works in Root's store. When Sheriff Lance is killed, Martha Lance gets Tom to take the job. He straps the guns on again but Brownlee arrives and reveals him to be a wanted man. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Hit the adventure trail with your hard-hitting, easy-loving Western star!




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Release Date:

21 June 1937 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Supreme Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lefty Drogan: The reward reads "Dead or Alive," jailbird - come tomorrow it will read "Dead."
Tom Mitchell: I want you, Drogan.
Lefty Drogan: An outlaw craves Lefty Drogan? For what? Or is it a secret?
Tom Mitchell: I warned you about laughing at the law. Now pick up or go for your guns!
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Keeping Faith
15 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A Lawman Is Born which stars Johnny Mack Brown was one of those features I wish had been done by a major studio. It has the makings of a classic and could have been with a more extensive script and better production facilities.

The idea is an interesting one. Cowboy hero Johnny Mack Brown is of all things a store clerk working for Al St. John usually a sidekick character actor. But he's got a past, he's wanted for murder in another part of the country and he's living quiet and peaceable. A hard thing to do since there's yet another western range war brewing in his area.

Sheriff Earl Hodgins knows who Brown is and since he's been a good citizen in his area, he keeps the secret. He even asks for Brown's help in stopping the range war. But Hodgins is later gunned down in the street and Brown at the urging of Hodgins's sister Mary McLaren takes his place.

The unusual twists on what is normally a standard range war western plot are what make A Lawman Is Born one of Johnny Mack Brown's more interesting B westerns.

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