The Lawless Breed

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The Lawless Breed
Poster of the movie The Lawless Breed.jpg
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by William Alland
Screenplay by Bernard Gordon
Story by William Alland
Starring Rock Hudson
Julie Adams
Music by Herman Stein
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Frank Gross
Raoul Walsh Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • January 3, 1953 (1953-01-03) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.3 million (US)[1]

The Lawless Breed is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film directed by Raoul Walsh starring Rock Hudson and Julie Adams. The film is based on the life of outlaw John Wesley Hardin.


Wild West gunslinger and gambler John Wesley Hardin (Rock Hudson) is pardoned and released from Huntsville, Texas prison in 1896, after serving 16 years of a 25-year sentence. He recounts his exploits outside the law (shown in flashbacks) with a manuscript detailing his life. The woman he planned to marry is killed, and he later marries a saloon girl (Julie Adams). On the run and using aliases, they begin a normal life, and have a son just before he is captured and sent to prison. His life as an outlaw influences his son that grows up while Hardin served time, but on his release Hardin makes clear to the young man that a life of crime is no way to live.



  1. ^ "The Top Box Office Hits of 1953", Variety, January 13, 1954

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