Randolph Scott stars as Marshal Coleen Wave, a lawman who moves from town to town in the Colorado Territory, ridding each of its outlaws. His dedication to his gob causes his wife, played by Angela Lansbury (TV's "Murder S... more »he Wrote"), to leave him. She will not come back to him until he has hung up his guns for good. But he is determined to clean up one last town, run by bandits, who don't want to see the territory become a state.« less
"Director Joseph H. Lewis and veteran prodcuer Harry Joe Brownteam up with Randy Scott, a young Angela Lansbury, and some excellentcharacter actors (Wallace Ford, Warner Anderson) to offer a very fine little Western that repays re-viewing. Scott, the outwardly stern but aging Marshall Calem Ware of the Colorado frontier town Medicine Bow, keeps order in his town, "hoping to outlive his times," as he says. Unkown to him two of the town's biggest businessmen are out to get him, open the town, and undo the "march of civilization." The film boasts one of the most remarkable saloon brawls caught on camera and a shoot-out where Scott is "killed" (well, he REALLY isn't dead, but the bad guys don't know that). Add the famous touring chanteuse "Tally Dickenson" [Angela Lansbury]who just happens to be Calem's wife [!], a cattle baron (whose wife is courted by one of the bad guys], and a huge hulk of man (Dooley Bryan)who helps the wounded Scott, despite Scott having shot his brother, and well, you have all the ingredients for great action and exciting adventure, and there's a slam-bang suprise ending, to boot. Dialogue is crisp, at times you even hear some things that could be said in Scott's masterwork farewell to movies, Peckinpah's RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY. So, unreservedly recommended--a real treat. END"
A Lawless Street 1955
John W . Ford | Los Angeles , California . U.S.A | 04/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Randolph Scott stars as Marshal Coleen Wave , a lawman who moves from town to town in Colorado Territory , ridding each of its outlaws. His dedication to his job cause causes his wife , played by Angela Lansbury (1925- ) to leav him .She will not come back to him until he has hung up his gun for good .But he is determined to clean up one last town , run by bandits , who don?t want to see the territory a state . Marvelous wester with great plot. High Quality digital transfer . Recommended"
Decent Randolph Scott Western
Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 07/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A Lawless Street is not on par with the great Westerns he made with Budd Boetticher, but it is decent in its own way.
Scott plays a marshal of a town that is barely holding on to lawfulness. His ex-wife, a traveling performer, comes to town at the same time that the two town bosses hire a killer to take care of Scott with the hope that the town will once again be wide open, and they will benefit by making lots of money.
The killer makes a play on Scott, and the town doctor allows the bad guys to think that they succeeded. The story goes from there. Scott is solid and reliable as always, and Angela Lansbury is beautiful as Scott's past and current love. This is not one of Scott's best, but it is an entertaining, fun western."
Very fine Randolph Scott Western
B. Cathey | Wendell, NC United States | 08/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A LAWLESS STREET has at least one quirky angle that makes it stand out among other Randolph Scott vehicles: Scott apparently is "killed" about half way through the action---only to come back towards the end to insure that justice is done. A LAWLESS STREET is always entertaining, filled with the requisite action, plot twists, and surprizes...Scott is superb as the town marshal, and Angela Lansbury as the visiting "chanteuse" adds definite interest (especially to those who remember her mostly from MURDER, SHE WROTE!). This is a fine Scott Western and deserves greater currency."
A Great Randolph Scott Movie
Roy L. Rice | Ruidoso, New Mexico United States | 12/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A must have for a true Randolph Scott Western movie afficiondo and collector. Randy never lets you down. Acting, as usual, is great and his cool, calm persona assures you he will come out on top. Get this one while you still can! Roy, email@example.com"