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Lawless Valley (1938)

On parole (he was framed of course), Larry Rhodes can't carry a gun. And his sweetheart is in danger of a forced marriage...


David Howard


Oliver Drake (screen play), W.C. Tuttle (story)




Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Larry Rhodes
Kay Sutton ... Norma Rogers
Walter Miller ... Bob North
Fred Kohler ... Tom Marsh (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Jeff Marsh
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Fresno
George MacQuarrie ... Tim Wade
Earle Hodgins ... Sheriff Heck Hampton
Chill Wills ... Deputy Speedy McGow
Dot Farley ... Anna


Serving a five year sentence for robbing a stage, Larry Rhodes is paroled early and returns to his hometown bent on clearing himself and discovering the identity of his father's killer. Things get more complicated when he learns that his former girlfriend, whom he still loves, is scheduled to be married to the local land baron's son. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A fighting son of danger at war with the gang that sent him to jail...A stirring tale of the West of today! See more »




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Release Date:

5 May 1939 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De vallei zonder wet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When George O'Brien is released from prison (after a 2 year incarceration for STAGECOACH ROBBERY) he's wearing a 1938 suit and tie, as is the Prison Warden. When he gets home, his sweetheart is also wearing totally contemporary 1938 fashions, even though there are no paved streets, and people still use oil lamps and ride in horse and buggies. Is this Brigadoon? See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played by the band at the wedding
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O'Brien on parole
9 May 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lawless Valley is just where George O'Brien is headed for after being released on parole. O'Brien was set up for a robbery that he didn't commit in conjunction with his father. The father committed suicide rather than be taken or so the official story has it.

O'Brien hasn't bought it at all and he's out to clear his and his father's name. The key to this whole business is the fact the father owned and carried a rare .41 caliber pistol. When O'Brien finds the weapon he gets the evidence to clear him.

Lawless Valley is also a chance to see father and son film villains Fred Kohlers senior and junior playing a father and son pair of villains.

Speaking of weapons, being on parole O'Brien also can't carry a six shooter of his own while on parole. Never mind, he manages well without until the final showdown.

Lawless Valley is a good B western with lots of action enough to please any aged Saturday matinée kid.

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