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Law and Lawless (1932)

Montana and sidekick Pancho hire on at the Lopez rancho to fight Daggett and his outlaw gang. But Lopez's foreman Barnes is one of Daggett's men and he frames Montana for murder.


Armand Schaefer


Oliver Drake (story and continuity)




Complete credited cast:
Jack Hoxie ... Montana
Hilda Moreno Hilda Moreno ... Rosita Lopez
Julian Rivero ... Pancho Gonzales
Yakima Canutt ... Tex Barnes
Jack Mower ... Don Roberto Lopez
Hal Taliaferro ... Buck Daggett (as Wally Wales)
J. Frank Glendon ... 'Cash' Hopton
Edith Fellows ... Betty Kelley
Bob Burns ... Mr. Kelley
Helen Gibson ... Mrs. Kelley
Dynamite the Horse Dynamite the Horse ... Dynamite - Montana's Horse (as Dynamite the Wonder Horse)


The Night Riders, driving out the small ranchers, burn Kelley's place and the Kelley's, father, wife and young daughter Betty vacate. Montana, on his horse Dynamite, and his pal Pancho Gonzales, stop the Lopez' runaway carriage when the Riders attack them. "Lazy Y" foreman Buck Daggett hires Montana and Pancho, but they go to work for Don Roberto Lopez, at his El Rio Rancho, based on their reputation as gunmen. There, Montana courts the daughter of Lopez, Rosita, with Pancho giving him pointers in Spanish. El Rio foreman Tex Barnes, who secretly works for "Cash" Hopton, the instigator behind all of the trouble and the night riders, kills Steve and lays the blame on Montana. With a bit of help, Montana escapes and cleans up the gang of land grabbers. Julian Rivero sings "I Love You For a Song." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

30 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law of the Lawless See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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And Dynamite, the Wonder Horse!
9 June 2009 | by alan-prattSee all my reviews

The title card for this one promises Jack Hoxie "and an all star cast" - which may be a bit of an exaggeration - but, it must be said that Hilda Moreno plays heroine Rosita as if she really believes in it all and Julian Rivero, as Pancho, comic sidekick to Hoxie's Montana, is actually quite funny. Look out for the scenes where he "trains" the vaqueros - very reminiscent of silent slapstick comedies and none the worse for that.

Hoxie, himself, a former rodeo performer and star of many silent westerns, clearly found the transition to talkies difficult, to say nothing of the fact that, in honesty, he no longer looked the part.

Dynamite, the Wonder Horse looks pretty good though............

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