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Gun Law(1938)

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Gun Law was the first of sixteen George O'Brien westerns that RKO produced as well as distributed. Bert Gilroy produced all sixteen pictures, and David Howard directed fourteen. Modern sources contend that Oliver Drake wrote a similar story for the 1932 Willis Kent production Reckless Rider , although no contemporary information on the plot of that film has been found. The story of this film does resemble that of a 1934 John Wayne-Lone Star Production, West of the Divide , and modern sources claim that Drake contributed to that picture's story as well. Ray Whitley appears with the Six Bar Cowboys, according to Motion Picture Herald's "In the Cutting Room," which also includes Ethan Laidlaw in the cast. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Hank Bell, Paul Fix, Bob Burns, James Mason, Neal Burns, Ken Card, Ray Jones, Herman Hack and Willie, Earl and Norman Phelps to the cast. Robert De Lacy directed a 1928 FBO Pictures version of Drake's story called When the Law Rides, which starred Tom Tyler and Jane Reid (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.6253).