|6:00 p.m.||Book Signing and Discussion with Dave Kehr, followed by The Lawless Breed|
New York Times critic Dave Kehr discusses and signs copies of his recent book, When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade, an anthology of his writings from the 1970s and 1980s, before the screening of The Lawless Breed at 6:30 p.m.
The Lawless Breed
Raoul Walsh (U.S., 1953)
Texas desperado John Wesley Hardin was a killer’s killer. He was credited with twenty-seven deaths in self-defense, though by his own account it’s considerably higher. No less than Wild Bill Hickok once said, “I’ll be damned if I’ve ever met anybody forced to do so much self-defending as that boy.” Walsh brings us this outsized outlaw in episodic fashion, you could say posse by posse. Twenty-something Rock Hudson plays Hardin with a light trigger-finger and great conviction, especially when saddled with wife, Julie Adams. What makes The Lawless Breed unusual is not The Old West gunplay, but the ambivalence of its wounded protagonist.
Written by Bernard Gordon, based on the book The Life of John Wesley Hardin by John Wesley Hardin. Photographed by Irving Glassberg. With Rock Hudson, Julia Adams, Hugh O’Brian, Mary Castle. (82 mins, Color, 35mm, From Universal Pictures)
Total running time: 112 mins