The Lawless Eighties

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The Lawless Eighties

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Director:
Joseph Kane
Released:
1957
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The Lawless Eighties is a 1957 black and white film based on the novel Brother Van by Alson Jesse Smith. The film follows the travails of William Van Orsdel (John Smith), otherwise known as Brother Van, as he distributes seed to frontier Native Americans for the government. While working, Brother Van discovers a fellow Indian agent, Grant Bandas (Ted de Corsia), has been short-changing his Indian clients and planning to an incite an Indian war. Van tries to talk Bandas out of his nefarious plan but to no avail. Bandas, fearful Van will get the government to stop him, sends his men, Art "Pig" Corbin (John Doucette) and Magee (Tom Monroe), to kill Van. Corbin wounds Van as Linc Prescott (Buster Crabbe), Bandas' new hire, arrives on the scene and takes Van to safety. Linc quickly learns about Bandas plans and refuses to take part. Things quickly escalate as Linc and Van work with the Indians to prevent a war while Bandas' men begin their attacks. The Lawless Eighties is an action-packed Western depicting the tumultuous life for pioneers and Indians on the frontier.moreless

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Westerns