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Genre  Western
Country  United States
5.4/10 IMDb

Director  Joseph Kane
Cinematography  William Nobles
Language  English
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Writer  Scott Pembroke, Joseph F. Poland
Release date  February 15, 1936 (1936-02-15)
Genres  Western, Black-and-white, Action/Adventure
Cast  John Wayne (John Tipton), Ann Rutherford (Janet Carter), Harry Woods (Charles K. Plummer), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Major Carter), Al Bridge (Steele), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (Moses)
Similar movies  Inglourious Basterds, 27 Dresses, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Citizen Kane, All the President's Men, State of Play

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The Lawless Nineties is a 1936 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring John Wayne and Lane Chandler as federal agents in Wyoming. The film also stars a 19-year-old Ann Rutherford as well as George Hayes.


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In the 1890s, undercover federal agents John Tipton (Wayne) and Bridger (Chandler) head for Crocket City, Wyoming to supervise the vote on whether to join the Union. One group of local outlaws organized by Charles Plummer (Harry Woods) is using dynamite to terrorize the populace and ensure that the vote fails. In the chaos, Tipton and Bridger are separated and Tipton befriends a trio of settlers harassed by outlaws. They are Major Carter (Hayes), his daughter Janet (Rutherford) and their servant Moses (Fred Toones).

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Carter had recently become the new editor and publisher of the local newspaper the Crocket City Blade, and when he announces plans to use the power of the press to fight lawlessness and aid the statehood cause, he is threatened by Plummer and subsequently shot and murdered by one of his men in a staged fight.

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When Plummer's henchmen eventually kill Bridger, after learning of his status as a government agent, Tipton fights on. He sends fake telegrams that trap some of Plummer's men. Then he organizes the ranchers and on election day they descend on the town barricaded by Plummer's gang and defeated the gang leader and his henchmen.

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On the day of the election, the villains actually initially stop the homesteaders from voting but Tipton leads in a bunch of agents and ranchers to crush the outlaws. It results in all the baddies brought to justice, Wyoming becoming a state and Tipton getting the pretty girl, Janet.


  • John Wayne as John Tipton
  • Ann Rutherford as Janet Carter
  • Harry Woods as Charles K. Plummer
  • George Hayes as Maj. Carter
  • Al Bridge as Steele
  • Fred Toones as Moses
  • Etta McDaniel as Mandy Lou Schaefer
  • Tom Brower as Marshal Bowen
  • Lane Chandler as Bridger
  • Cliff Lyons as Davis
  • Jack Rockwell as Smith
  • Al Taylor as Henchman Red
  • Charles King as Henchman Hartley
  • George Chesebro as Henchman Green
  • Tracy Lane as Belden
  • References

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