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The Lawless Breed

When it comes to finding entertainment value in violent desperadoes, few directors deliver like Raoul Walsh. So it would seem that The Lawless Breed, a Western about real-life outlaw John Wesley Hardin would be a perfect Walsh vehicle. And it almost is. But even he couldn’t overcome wrongheaded casting — in this case, young, beefcakey Rock Hudson as the hard-bitten antihero. In an otherwise brawny folktale, he stands out like a Perry Ellis model digitized into a Remington painting. Your enjoyment of the movie will depend on how adept you are at imagining Robert Mitchum in the lead role. C+

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