Lawless Riders (1935)

Genres - Action, Romance, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Despite a total lack of vocal talents, Ken Maynard has been credited with inaugurating the "Singing Cowboy" western back in the very early 1930s. He almost finished off the genre before it had properly begun in Lawless Riders, when he serenades Geneva Mitchell, who in return beams with joy. In other words, Geneva Mitchell was quite an actress! Happily, music is used to better effect later in the film, when Ken and Guy Wilkerson charm their way out of jail by making quite a bit of noise. As always, Cliff Lyons performs a couple of good stunts, including a spectacular horse to stagecoach transfer, and Harry Woods is as slimy as ever. The Lone Pine, California, locations also helps.