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No Man’s Law: A Classic Film Reconstructed

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This wonderful 1927 film is unfortunately relatively little known among vintage film fans, and seldom
seen. It is a vehicle for the animal antics of Rex the Wonder Horse, here billed as The King of Wild
Horses, who had already starred in three previous Hal Roach features, the first one released in 1924
with Charley Chase in the cast.
No Man’s Law is the last, and arguably the best one of the four Hal
Roach features starring Rex, thanks to its strong human cast. Barbara Kent, who passed away in 2011
at the grand old age of 103, has the female lead. Her foster-father, an old miner, is played by the
inimitable James Finlayson, who provides most of the comic relief in an otherwise grim story. Two
other important roles, those of two bandits on the run, are portrayed by Theodore von Eltz, who can
also be seen in Stan Laurel’s final solo short,
Should Tall Men Marry?, and a particularly nasty
character with a stubbly beard, eyepatch, and sporting a derby hat: none other than Oliver Norvell
Hardy on the verge of international stardom.

No Man’s Law
contains arguably Oliver’s finest and most memorable solo performance. Forget about
the lovable and elegant Ollie from the Laurel & Hardy films: there are occasional glimpses of his
famous film character in
No Man’s Law, but in this film, he acts as if he were Ollie’s evil twin. He had
played villains many times before, but rather than the stereotypical comic heavy he had portrayed
alongside Billy West and Larry Semon, his character in this film is disturbingly realistic as he goes
about breaking every possible law. Oliver’s performance is fascinating and captivating, so it is a real
shame a complete version of this film was not available… until now!
You may have seen Robert Youngson’s 1970 compilation film
4 Clowns, which provides a four-minute
re-edited excerpt, giving us nothing more than a tantalizing glimpse of the film. Several versions have
been released before, but none of them are complete: most of them run for only 52 to 57 minutes
(depending on the frame rate), while this new version is a true 76-minute feature film, reinstating over
20 minutes of previously missing footage! In the standard cutdown version, several scenes have been
drastically shortened, and some are missing altogether!
After years of research, and after painstakingly comparing many prints of strongly variable length and
quality, as complete a version as possible has been put together using the best available sources.*
This is your first chance to experience the film (almost) as it was originally shown in theatres almost 90
years ago!

Two available DVD versions: in glorious black & white, as well as a tinted version;**
Each version has two soundtrack options: one with music and sound effects, the other one with
just music;
Three subtitle tracks in Dutch, French, and German;
A photo gallery with many dozens of rare pictures is also included.

A newly assembled trailer is available for viewing here:

Price: $15/€12/£9 plus shipping for one DVD-R containing either the black & white or tinted version,
or $25/€19/£15 plus shipping for both versions on two discs.
To order or for more info, please contact:

* Please note it was our aim to reconstruct, rather than restore, the film: every effort has been made to include
every single usable frame from the best available sources in order to present the longest possible version of the
film. As a result, picture quality varies in places, but it remains very watchable throughout. Please don’t expect a
pristine HD transfer, but simply the best and most complete version currently available.
** The tinted version, with every scene colorized in sepia, blue or red according to its mood, is not authentic but
based on other films of the day which did receive this treatment. As such, it is highly recommended, as it
enhances the enjoyment of the on-screen proceedings.

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