A Lawless Street features a bigger budget than most of Scott's films of the period but otherwise follows a familiar formula right to the end; Lewis makes the most of the budget with a relatively lavish portrait of chaos in the streets as drunken cowboys and racing horses send citizens scrambling for safety during the marshal's absence. A Lawless Street 1955 was the first of these. » Quotes : Men, Cody Clark is buying drinks. But before Scott's first collaboration with Boetticher, he made a pair of films with Joseph H. Meanwhile Thorne associates to the scum Cody Clark John Emery and together they hire the outlaw Harley Baskam Michael Pate that is considered the fastest gunner in the region to duel with Calem and kill him and leave Medicine Bend ready for their dirty businesses. However, their conflict is interrupted when they are forced to defend themselves against Japanese paratroopers. Not only was it written well, it was filmed and edited the way all western movies should be.
Based on the novel by Pearl S. Randolph Scott stars as Marshal Coleen Wave, a lawman who moves from town to town in the Colorado Territory, ridding each of its outlaws. She will not come back to him until he has hung up his guns for good. The marshal maintains a front of strength and invulnerability in front of the townspeople, smiling and joking every morning with his rooming house landlady Ruth Donnelly, a prolific character actress featured in so many snappy thirties pictures for Warner Bros. Lewis Running time : 77 Minutes Language : English Share this Product.
Scott plays famed marshal Calem Ware, whose strenous activities on behalf of law and order have exacted a toll on his personal life. 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? In A Lawless Street he announces his presence in the memorable opening shot: a simply but elegantly executed long take that observes a rider approach the camera from a distance, moves in to study the man's hard, weather-beaten face, tilts down to reveal his holstered gun, and then pans around to the worried look of a citizen who recognizes trouble when he sees it. But this oily showman's attempts to charm the famous showgirl are overshadowed by the marshal as he engages her in a conversation loaded with history: you can hear in their words and see in their looks and smiles that they know each other far more intimately than anyone in town could guess. Once a popular Hollywood leading man in everything from westerns and war films to musicals, melodramas and comedies, Randolph Scott had grown too old for romantic leads by the 1950s so he settled into the saddle as the star of dozens of low-budget westerns. By Hollywood's reckoning he had slipped from the A-list but Scott wasn't resigning himself to lesser opportunities. I enjoyed every minute of the movie, and you will too. Michael Pate, Warner Anderson and John Emery perform great villains.
The story takes a few interesting turns and twists when Marshal Ware nearly dies in a gunfight with a hired killer who knew him in the past. But in a way that makes it even more interesting because in those moments of solitude when the real Calem is allowed to come out we get a different Randolph Scott, an almost vulnerable tired old man giving us the contrast needed. A Lawless Street 1955 Randolph Scott stars as Marshal Coleen Wave, a lawman who moves from town to town in the Colorado Territory, ridding each of its outlaws. But he is determined to clean up one last town, run by bandits, who don't want to see the territory become a state. And then there is Calem himself a man who to everyone seems solid, happy and relaxed, he jokes with his landlady each morning and walks proudly to the jail, but then behind those close doors he is worn out, forced to seek solace in a cell right at the back where he can relax. Lewis keeps things moving, throwing a split second of action at you when you're not expecting it and employing some unconventional camera angles or at least ones which are not the norm for a 1950s western. There is also the under explored cleverness of the storyline which sees businessman Hamer Thorne bring showgirl Tally Dickenson to town with an idea of marrying her unaware that she is in fact married to Calem but estranged due to the violent nature of his job.
In one shot Lewis delivers tension, danger and anticipation, announcing a threat and setting the stage for a showdown. Lewis Screenplay: Kenneth Gamet; Brad Ward story Cinematography: Ray Rennahan Art Direction: George Brooks Music: Paul Sawtell Film Editing: Gene Havlick Cast: Randolph Scott Marshal Calem Ware , Angela Lansbury Tally Dickenson , Warner Anderson Hamer Thorne , Jean Parker Cora Dean , Wallace Ford Dr. When the greedy local businessman Hamer Thorne Warner Anderson brings the actress Tally Dickenson Angela Lansbury to perform a show for the locals, Calem is haunted by his past since Tally is his wife that left him in Apache Wells due to his dangerous way of life. 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. Plus add in a romantic element which sees his one true love, his estranged wife Tally show up in town and you have on the surface a routine western which works through various set pieces till it gets to a final shootout.
But it is slightly better than average because there are moments of depth, characters with extra layers and some different camera angles to stop it feeling like a carbon copy of countless other 1950s westerns. Written by Goofs at around 18 mins Dingo's widow and Dooley are in front of the marshal's office and Marshal Ware hands Dooley Dingo's gun and personal effects. He moves like he's lived his entire life in frontier towns and on saddles and the experience is etched in his gaunt face and his lanky, aging body. 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. Angela Lansbury is an actress that I used to see ad an old lady, and is it nice to see her with thirty year-old only. Based on the novel by Pearl more… Two doctors who work at a hospital in small village in war-torn China face problems because of one's jealous spouse.
Throw in the fact that Calem after years of being Marshal across the territory is growing tired of it all; tired of having to deal with trouble and face death on a daily basis. She was at her best playing characters who were conniving, calculating, witty or simply experienced in the ways of life and love. Drinks are on the house. Andre de Toth and John Sturges directed some of the earlier films and the series culminated in a cycle of austere western masterpieces directed by Budd Boetticher. 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.
One of the most interesting hallmarks of Scott in his westerns of the fifties is that he plays his age. The exception to that is Angela Lansbury as Tally Dickenson because it is Tally who struggles with Calem's life and we can feel that she loves him but can't deal with watching him shoot or brawl in order to keep the peace. As the Marshal of Medicine Bend, Calem Ware Randolph Scott , attempts to keep peace in the lawless town and stay alive at the same time. To make matters worse his estranged wife Tally Dickenson arrives in town and it stirs up old feelings as she left him because she couldn't cope watching him kill others in the name of peace. Now ironically having mentioned that Calem is a man who hides his real feelings from everyone you have Randolph Scott delivering a very typical Randolph Scott performance. The marshal of Medicine Bend is tired and alone.