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Law of the Lash(1947)

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  • NEVER DRAW ON LASH LARUE!

    • JD
    • 8/31/15

    Lash LaRue was an interesting man. He looked like Humphrey Bogart, spoke like a hood from a James Cagney Warner Brothers film, typically dressed in all black on screen, and wasn't a natural at Westerns. Yet, the man would become a sizable star in his day. He had a long and varied career in Westerns in both films and television, and has become a cult-classic figure in Western film history. The Lone Ranger had a mask and a silver bullet, Roy Rogers had a horse, and Gene Autry could sing. Lash LaRue? His Hollywood gimmick was a whip, something that he would learn on the spot but do quite well at it. Lash did his work for smaller studios, his films were low budget, and this one is no different. The story? A gang of outlaws holds up a stagecoach, steals several items, and hides out near a lawless town. Lash, who lives nearby but for some reason is considered a stranger, tracks them down. Besides dispensing justice, he seems to be trying to impress a lady friend who helps run a store nearby. Does Lash succeed? It's a Hollywood western. This is the type of movie they don't make anymore, they haven't in decades, and likely never will again. Simple story, light on characterization but heavy on drama and action. Throw in a bit of comedy, usually in the form of a goofy sidekick, and you end up with a fast paced little film. Worth noting is Lash's sidekick, the scruffy longtime actor Al St. John. He appeared in numerous silent films with a number of top stars back in the day, and as the years rolled by he would end up playing simple and likable sidekicks later on in his career. Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, and then Lash LaRue. Interesting career no doubt. Anyways, this is an entertaining old-school Hollywood western, with a cool cowboy and a whip.

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