Law of the Lawless (1964)

87 mins | Western | 1964

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writer:

Steve Fisher

Producer:

A. C. Lyles

Cinematographer:

Lester Shorr

Editor:

Otho Lovering

Production Designers:

Hal Pereira, Al Roelofs

Production Company:

A. C. Lyles Productions
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HISTORY

Working titles: Invitation to a Hanging and The Day of the Hanging ... More Less

Working titles: Invitation to a Hanging and The Day of the Hanging . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An A. C. Lyles Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
Dial coach
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Invitation to a Hanging
The Day of the Hanging
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 18 March 1964
Copyright Claimant:
A. C. Lyles Productions
Copyright Date:
31 December 1963
Copyright Number:
LP28069
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Kansas in 1889, Pete Stone, son of Big Tom, who runs the state, is jailed for killing George Stapleton. Judge Clem Rogers is called to town to try Pete. His visit attracts the three Johnson brothers, whose fourth brother was sentenced to death by Rogers; a drifter with a score to settle with the judge; and Joe Rile, the murderer of Rogers' father. Rile is in town to work for Big Tom. From his cell Pete arranges for Rogers to have dinner with Ellie Irish, the saloon girl who plans to marry Pete for the sake of security. Pete plans to have his lawyer select a jury of prudes who might be influenced against the judge because of his association with a saloon girl. The Johnson brothers and the drifter try to waylay Rogers, but a deputy sheriff discovers them and kills them in a gun battle in which he himself is killed. Big Tom orders Rile to draw Rogers into a gunfight after the trial, but in a manner that will discredit the judge regardless of the outcome. The attempts to trap Rogers with Ellie fail. At the trial it is learned that Stapleton told Pete to keep away from his wife and that Pete forced him to draw and then gunned him down. Stapleton's widow testifies that she has never seen Pete before, but Ellie testifies that she saw Pete embracing the woman and was warned to keep silent. Pete is found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. Then Rile accosts Rogers, but the judge refuses to be drawn into a fight; and Rile, too, throws down his gun. Big Tom then tries to kill Rogers, ... +


In Kansas in 1889, Pete Stone, son of Big Tom, who runs the state, is jailed for killing George Stapleton. Judge Clem Rogers is called to town to try Pete. His visit attracts the three Johnson brothers, whose fourth brother was sentenced to death by Rogers; a drifter with a score to settle with the judge; and Joe Rile, the murderer of Rogers' father. Rile is in town to work for Big Tom. From his cell Pete arranges for Rogers to have dinner with Ellie Irish, the saloon girl who plans to marry Pete for the sake of security. Pete plans to have his lawyer select a jury of prudes who might be influenced against the judge because of his association with a saloon girl. The Johnson brothers and the drifter try to waylay Rogers, but a deputy sheriff discovers them and kills them in a gun battle in which he himself is killed. Big Tom orders Rile to draw Rogers into a gunfight after the trial, but in a manner that will discredit the judge regardless of the outcome. The attempts to trap Rogers with Ellie fail. At the trial it is learned that Stapleton told Pete to keep away from his wife and that Pete forced him to draw and then gunned him down. Stapleton's widow testifies that she has never seen Pete before, but Ellie testifies that she saw Pete embracing the woman and was warned to keep silent. Pete is found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. Then Rile accosts Rogers, but the judge refuses to be drawn into a fight; and Rile, too, throws down his gun. Big Tom then tries to kill Rogers, but Rile disarms him. As the vindicated judge leaves town, Big Tom's orders to kill him are ignored by Big Tom's own men. +

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