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The Lawless Breed (1952)

Approved | | Western | 3 January 1953 (USA)
After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

John Wesley Hardin (based on the life of John Wesley Hardin as written by himself), Bernard Gordon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... John Wesley Hardin
Julie Adams ... Rosie McCoy (as Julia Adams)
Mary Castle ... Jane Brown
John McIntire ... J.G. Hardin / John Clements
Hugh O'Brian ... Ike Hanley
Dennis Weaver ... Jim Clements
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Zeke Jenkins
Lee Van Cleef ... Dirk Hanley
Tom Fadden ... Chick Noonan - Undertaker
Race Gentry ... Young John Hardin
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... Joe Clements
Glenn Strange ... Ben Hanley
William Pullen William Pullen ... Joe Hardin
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Storyline

Released from jail, John Wesley Hardin leaves an account of his life with the local newspaper. It tells of his overly religious father, his resulting life of cards and guns, and his love for his step-sister replaced on her death during a gun fight with that for dance-hall girl Rosie. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

The Greatest Gunfighter of Them All! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Man with a Gun See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real John Wesley Hardin was a sadistic, sociopathic killer who murdered at least 43 people, many from ambush, some shot in the back and one for snoring too loudly. The actual number of people he killed is still unknown. A raging alcoholic, many of his most murderous sprees were fueled by his prodigious consumption of the almost toxic hard liquor of those days. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Wes is practicing in the barn with his 6 shooter, he fires 8 consecutive shots without reloading. See more »

Quotes

John Wesley Hardin: My father, J. G. Hardin, was a preacher and circuit rider. He was a strong, God-fearing man who carried his Bible like a six-gun and fought with the Devil wherever he found him.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Texas State Penitentiary-1896

The"Badmen"of the West, the Jameses, the Daltons, the Ringos, and Youngers, are now part of American folk-lore. Research has added another name to the list- JOHN WESLEY HARDIN.

Hardin's story is unique because it was written by the man himself. This extraordinary testament, now a collector's item, was published in Seguin, Texas in 1896. See more »

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Referenced in Notes from the Blacklist (2011) See more »

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Fair And Biased
20 January 2011 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

This alleged biopic of famous outlaw John Wesley Hardin may be short on accuracy, but it's long on Hollywood and western myth-making. Once again the great director Raoul Walsh gives us an entertaining, fast-paced, and action-packed tale that pushes all the right buttons, portraying Hardin as a misunderstood young man and a victim of circumstance.

The only real minus is that near the end, it begins to slow down a bit, ending with a so-so climax. The first hour or so makes it definitely worth watching though.

Rock Hudson is quite likable in one of his first starring vehicles and leading lady (number two) Julie Adams is quite stunning. One thing I'll never quite understand is why Adams never became a bigger star.


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