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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Lash La RueLASH LA RUE (1917-1996), born Alfred La Rue, started in movies in 1945. He quickly gravitated to PRC, the cheapest of the cheap on Poverty Row, first supporting singing cowboy Eddie Dean, then moving into his own series. He certainly stood out. He dressed all in black and his weapon of choice was a bullwhip. I know he made an impression on me as a kid. He also toured the fair circuit, where I saw him demonstrate the bullwhip.

After his film career ended he drifted, suffered from drink and later reformed and became a preacher. He was a popular guest at Western conventions, which was where I finally got to meet him.

Law of the Lash (1947)Haven't you seen Law Of The Lash (1947)? This was his first starring film, as Marshal Cheyenne Davis. His sidekick was Al St. John, a former silent film comic. They made a good team.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Border Feud (1947) Not a bad entry in the series. The supporting cast includes Ian Keith, a star in the 1930s and an early appearance by Mikel (Michael) Conrad, later known for his role on Hill Street Blues.
Outlaw Country (1949) La Rue doubles as Marshal Lash La Rue and his twin brother, an outlaw known as the Frontier Phantom.
Guns Don't Argue (1957) Al appeared as Doc Barker of the notorious Ma Barker gang in this film edited together from three episodes of the TV series Gangbusters.
The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp (1959) La Rue played the recurring role of corrupt sheriff Johnny Behan in the 1959 season of this popular Western series.

Lash LaRue

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, Oct 21 2005 / 17:31:39 PST

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