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The Law Rides Again (1943)

US government agents Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson, aka "The Trail Blazers", make a deal with captured outlaw Duke Dillon to catch crooked Indian agent John Hampton, who has been using his ... See full summary »


Alan James


Frances Kavanaugh (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Maynard ... U.S. Marshal Ken Maynard
Hoot Gibson ... U.S. Marshal Hoot Gibson
Jack La Rue ... Duke Dillon
Betty Miles ... Betty Conway
Emmett Lynn ... Eagle-Eye
Kenneth Harlan ... John Hampton (as Ken Harlan)
Chief Thundercloud ... Thundercloud
Chief Many Treaties Chief Many Treaties ... Chief Barking Fox
Bryant Washburn ... Commissioner Lee
Fred Hoose ... Hank - Stage Driver
Kenne Duncan ... Sheriff Jeff (as Ken Duncan)
Roy Brent Roy Brent ... Marshal with Dillon
John Bridges John Bridges ... Jess - Henchman
John Merton ... Spike - Henchman
Hank Bell ... Tex - Henchman


US government agents Ken Maynard and Hoot Gibson, aka "The Trail Blazers", make a deal with captured outlaw Duke Dillon to catch crooked Indian agent John Hampton, who has been using his authority to steal from the local tribe. Dillon double-crosses the inept and lethargic heroes, making it difficult for them to carry out their mission. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Scouring the range for outlaws, meting out two-gun justice...two of the greatest cowboy stars of all time bring back the kind of ACTION that made history! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

6 August 1943 (USA) See more »

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En cowboy bland gangsters See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 6 June 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati Friday 9 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). See more »


Followed by Arizona Whirlwind (1944) See more »

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About what you'd expect from this sort of film.
15 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1930s and 40s, several teams of second-tier western stars were teamed up in order to increase their box office power. So, while the teams didn't have anyone of the drawing power of Gene Autry or Roy Rogers, you did get some familiar faces working together to battle evil. The most famous of these teams was probably The Three Mesquiteers--a team whose composition OFTEN changed. Then, there were the Range Busters and Rough Riders--also made up of various stars. Here in "The Law Rides Again", you've got two of the members of such a team here together instead of the usual trio. Ken Maynard (brother of cowboy star Kermit Maynard) and Hoot Gibson team up to high wickedness in this one.

The film begins with a crook begin captured by the law. Jack LaRue (who OFTEN played heavies) promises to work with the law to uncover the man who is stirring up the Indian tribes. But, oddly, Ken and Hoot both decided to do this undercover (a cliché--as this was OFTEN the case in these team films) and eventually bring niceness to the old west. None of this is especially great or groundbreaking--but it's enjoyable and worth seeing IF you are a fan of the genre. Otherwise, you may find this a bit dull.

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