Valley of the Lawless (1936)

Passed   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama

Valley of the Lawless (1936) Poster

Bruce Reynolds is looking for his grandfather's map to a hidden supply of gold. When Garlow sees Amos Jenkins with the map he kills him. Cliff Graves witnesses the murder and jealous of ... See full summary »


Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

4 April 2021 | MartinHafer
| Did Bruce REALLY kill Jenkins?! But isn't he the hero?
The quality difference between "Valley of the Lawless" by tiny Supreme Pictures and Johnny Mack Brown's later films with Universal as well as Republic is pretty obvious. This earlier and much more cheaply made movie lacks the music and polish over his later films. The script also is a bit rough. Still, regardless, Johnny Mack Brown is terrific in the lead.

When the film begins, Bruce (Brown) confronts Grandpaw Jenkins (Gabby Hayes), as the old man stole a treasure map and killed Bruce's family long ago. Soon, however, Jenkins and another man are killed and it sure looks as if Bruce did it and the law is after him. So, Bruce runs off the the Valley of the Lawless (really...the film called it this...I'm not making this up).

Soon, some settlers arrive and Bruce is very kind and helpful towards them. However, when the father is killed AND the pretty daughter learns that Bruce supposedly killed her grandfather, Grandpaw Jenkins, she's aghast. What does this make Bruce? A killer who is only trying to win her over or what?!

This film is mildly interesting. However, it has a couple script problems. One, it often needed long expositions and flashbacks to explain away what you think you've a movie serial. It also has folks going from trying to arrest Bruce or despising him to almost instantly loving and admiring him...and it's way too quick to be realistic. Very watchable but also very rough when it comes to the convoluted plot.

By the way, late in the film you see Bruce fly off his horse. This is one of the sloppiest stunts I've ever seen and I assume it was lifted from another movie. When he flips, you see a guy in a black shirt...and when Johnny Mack Brown lands and gets up, he's wearing a white shirt!!

Contribute to this page

The Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations in the Works

From summer reads to classic works of fiction, here are some of our most anticipated book-to-screen adaptations on the horizon.

See the full list

The Rise of Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, known for her transformative performances in projects like Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road, returns as the villain Cipher in F9. IMDb takes a look at her celebrated career.

Watch the video

Around The Web


Provided by Taboola

More To Explore

Search on