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Lawless Street
     

A Lawless Street

Director: Joseph H. Lewis, Randolph Scott, Angela Lansbury, Warner Anderson

Cast: Joseph H. Lewis, Randolph Scott, Angela Lansbury, Warner Anderson

 

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Up until its surisingly mundane finale, A Lawless Street is one of the best of the Randolph Scott westerns of the 1950s. Scott plays famed marshal Calem Ware, whose strenous activities on behalf of law and order have exacted a toll on his personal life. Keeping the peace in the town of Medicine Bend, Ware hopes to someday be reconciled with his ex-wife Tally

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Up until its surisingly mundane finale, A Lawless Street is one of the best of the Randolph Scott westerns of the 1950s. Scott plays famed marshal Calem Ware, whose strenous activities on behalf of law and order have exacted a toll on his personal life. Keeping the peace in the town of Medicine Bend, Ware hopes to someday be reconciled with his ex-wife Tally Dickinson (Angela Lansbury), now a touring musical comedy star. Just as Tally arrives in Medicine Bend, Ware is forced to deal with big-time criminals Thorne (Warner Anderson) and Clark (John Emery), not to mention their hired gun Baskam (Michael Pate). Will he do his duty and rid the town of his outlaw element, or will he hang up his guns as Tally wants him to? One of the highlights of A Lawless Street is a lively saloon-hall number performed by Angela Lansbury, who is quite a dish in her revealing stage wardrobe.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A Lawless Street is a slightly above average Western that is perhaps more interesting for what it shows about the way the genre was developing than because of its dramatic import. By 1955, the "oater" had begun the change from a good guys vs. bad guys set-up to one that explored what makes a good guy and what makes a bad guy. In Street, the divide between the two is still solid, but there are some interesting wrinkles. Randolph Scott's ultra-good guy character suffers from his choices; his life has been lonely because he has chosen to fight evil. Meanwhile, the bad guys who are after him aren't after him simply because he's a symbol of virtue; they're being paid to take him out by townsfolk who basically think the sheriff is bad for business. Unfortunately, this sounds more interesting than it actually is when presented on the screen; still, Street has enough action, color and characterization to make it worth watching. It also has one of Scott's better performances, perhaps motivated by working with Angela Lansbury, who is terrific (and looks like a million bucks). He's also aided by some imaginative work from director Joseph H. Lewis.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0043396091238
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:17:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Randolph Scott Calem Ware
Angela Lansbury Tally Dickinson
Warner Anderson Hamer Thorne
Jean Parker Cora Dean
Wallace Ford Dr. Amos Wynn
John Emery Cody Clark
James Bell Asaph Dean
Ruth Donnelly Molly Higgins
Michael Pate Harley Baskam
Don Megowan Dooley Brion
Jeanette Nolan Mrs. Dingo Brion
Peter Ortiz Hiram Hayes
Don Carlos Juan Tobrez
Frank S. Hagney Dingo Brion
Charles Williams Willis
Frank Ferguson Abe Deland
Harry Tyler Tony Cabillo
Harry Antrim Mayor Kent
Stanley Blystone Actor
Barry Brooks Actor
George Pat Collins Actor
Hal K. Dawson Actor
Reed Howes Actor
Jay Lawrence Actor
Frank Scannell Actor
Guy Teague Actor
Edwin Chandler Actor

Technical Credits
Joseph H. Lewis Director
Jerry Antes Choreography
George Brooks Art Director
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Kenneth Gamet Screenwriter
Gene Havlick Editor
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Paul Sawtell Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Lawless Street
1. Start [7:10]
2. Dingo Down [6:11]
3. The Odds of Staying Alive [7:07]
4. Tally & Calem [7:46]
5. "Two to One on Dooley" [4:43]
6. Boom Town [4:50]
7. Dead Men Don't Talk [5:20]
8. Wide Open [7:16]
9. Under New Management [8:52]
10. A Simple Man [6:55]
11. Calem's Return [8:43]
12. Medicine [2:18]

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