Valley of the Lawless (1936)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Johnny Mack Brown goes in search of a treasure map tattooed on the chest of a man who once betrayed his father in this average western from low-budget Supreme Pictures. Bruce Reynolds happens on the scene just as his quarry, Grandpa Jenkins (George Hayes), is being attacked by one of his former partners. To preserve his secret, the dying Jenkins allows the sheriff (Jack Rockwell) to arrest Bruce for murder. Our hero, however, makes a daring escape and hightails it to the Valley of the Lawless where he easily persuades gang leader Garlow (Frank Hagney) that he, too, is a desperado. Accepted into the gang, Bruce is awarded the nickname of "Tiger" but the arrival of Grandpa Jenkins' heirs, son Amos (Frank Ball) and grandchildren Joan (Joyce Compton) and Billy (Bobby Nelson), almost blows his cover. Things go from bad to worse, especially when the sheriff's lovesick son, Cliff Graves (Denny Meadows), accuses Bruce of killing Amos for the map to the treasure, a despicable act actually committed by one of Garlow's men. The outlaws are eventually defeated but in the mistaken belief that Joan is in love with Cliff, Bruce lets himself be arrested for the murder of Amos. Joan, however, learns the truth and declares the vindicated Bruce her love.

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bad-guy, cowboy, good-guy, treasure