The Lawless Nineties (1936)

55 or 57-58 mins | Western | 15 February 1936

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was G-Men of the Nineties . According to HR , Warner Bros. "laid claim to the word G-man" (which was the title of a 1935 Warner film starring James Cagney) and threatened to sue any company which used it, causing Republic to change this film's name to avoid litigation. Modern sources add the following cast names: Henry Hall, Lloyd Ingraham, Lew Meehan, Horace B. Carpenter, Sherry Tansey, Curley Dresden, Tex Palmer, Jack Kirk, Edward Hearn, Steve Clark, Philo McCullough, Earl ... More Less

The working title of this film was G-Men of the Nineties . According to HR , Warner Bros. "laid claim to the word G-man" (which was the title of a 1935 Warner film starring James Cagney) and threatened to sue any company which used it, causing Republic to change this film's name to avoid litigation. Modern sources add the following cast names: Henry Hall, Lloyd Ingraham, Lew Meehan, Horace B. Carpenter, Sherry Tansey, Curley Dresden, Tex Palmer, Jack Kirk, Edward Hearn, Steve Clark, Philo McCullough, Earl Seaman. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
29 Feb 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 36
p. 1.
Motion Picture Daily
2 Mar 36
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Mar 36
p. 53.
New York Times
29 Jun 36
p. 11.
The Exhibitor
1 Mar 1936.
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Variety
1 Jul 36
p. 23.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
G-Men of the Nineties
Release Date:
15 February 1936
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor "High Fidelity" Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55 or 57-58
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1890, in the territory of Wyoming, greedy men terrorize homesteaders to keep them from settling and voting for statehood. A month before the election, the Department of Justice sends John Tipton and his partner Bridges, Wyoming natives, to insure an honest election in Crockett City. When Major Carter and his daughter Janet arrive from Virginia to start a town newspaper, John escorts them into town safely, and Charles Plummer, chairman of the committee on law and order, warns Carter that the city paper's last editor was shot. The outlaws, who have tapped the Western Union wire, know that government agents are in town, and soon, Bridges is shot dead in the back. On a hunch, John sends a wire implicating the murderers and after catching two men leaving town, forces them to confess. Their leader remains anonymous, however. After putting up a poster urging citizens to fight the outlaws and politicians who are against Wyoming statehood, Major Carter is shot when intervening in a fight that was staged to result in his death. As he dies, the major asks John to look after Janet, who is determined to run the paper in her father's absence. John sends a bogus message through the wire regarding a silver bullion shipment, and when the criminals hold up the coach, John and his posse arrest the gang. Steele, the gang's second in command, gets away, however. John is then knocked out and tied up in the outlaws' office, where he overhears Plummer and Steele's plan to barricade polling places across the state. John escapes and rallies the homesteaders, who barge through the barricades, allowing ... +


In 1890, in the territory of Wyoming, greedy men terrorize homesteaders to keep them from settling and voting for statehood. A month before the election, the Department of Justice sends John Tipton and his partner Bridges, Wyoming natives, to insure an honest election in Crockett City. When Major Carter and his daughter Janet arrive from Virginia to start a town newspaper, John escorts them into town safely, and Charles Plummer, chairman of the committee on law and order, warns Carter that the city paper's last editor was shot. The outlaws, who have tapped the Western Union wire, know that government agents are in town, and soon, Bridges is shot dead in the back. On a hunch, John sends a wire implicating the murderers and after catching two men leaving town, forces them to confess. Their leader remains anonymous, however. After putting up a poster urging citizens to fight the outlaws and politicians who are against Wyoming statehood, Major Carter is shot when intervening in a fight that was staged to result in his death. As he dies, the major asks John to look after Janet, who is determined to run the paper in her father's absence. John sends a bogus message through the wire regarding a silver bullion shipment, and when the criminals hold up the coach, John and his posse arrest the gang. Steele, the gang's second in command, gets away, however. John is then knocked out and tied up in the outlaws' office, where he overhears Plummer and Steele's plan to barricade polling places across the state. John escapes and rallies the homesteaders, who barge through the barricades, allowing voters into the polling places. After Plummer shoots Steele and takes their shared money, John jumps him and the marshal arrests him, while the Justice Department agents beat the enemy all over the territory. The Crockett City Blade declares that Wyoming has become a state, and Janet and John embrace at the celebration parade. +

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