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Law and Order (1953)

Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done...

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

W.R. Burnett (novel) (as William R. Burnett), Inez Cocke (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Frame Johnson
Dorothy Malone ... Jeannie
Preston Foster ... Kurt Durling
Alex Nicol ... Lute Johnson
Ruth Hampton ... Maria
Russell Johnson ... Jimmy Johnson
Barry Kelley ... Fin Elder
Chubby Johnson ... Denver Cahoon
Jack Kelly ... Jed
Dennis Weaver ... Frank Durling
Wally Cassell ... Durango Kid
Richard Garrick ... Judge Williams
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Storyline

Having cleaned up Tombstone, marshal Frame Johnson quits after an attempted lynching, and hopes to settle down on a ranch near Cottonwood with his sweetheart Jeannie. Before he can do so, it looks like he may have to clean up Cottonwood too. But how great a sacrifice will he make for law and order? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He led Arizona's last great war on renegade rule! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1953 (Algeria) See more »

Also Known As:

Law and Order See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Even though another actor/future governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is better known for the line, Frame Johnson says "I'll be back" as he is leaving the office with Jeannie. See more »

Goofs

During the climatic fight between Frame Johnson (Ronald Reagan) and Kurt Durling (Preston Foster), Durling punches Johnson and then vaults over a hitching post to continue the fight. When he vaults over the hitching post, Durling grips the post firmly with his supposedly useless "wooden hand" and uses it to boost himself over the post. See more »

Quotes

Durango Kid: Why didn't you shoot me when you had the chance?
Frame Johnson: I'm hired to keep the peace, not kill people.
Durango Kid: Seems like the two of them sort of go hand in hand.
Frame Johnson: At least you got the satisfaction of knowin' you'll get hung legal.
Durango Kid: That might be some satisfaction to you. But I can't help thinkin' you wind up dead either way.
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Version of Law and Order (1940) See more »

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Solid action western with good performances.
24 January 2006 | by tinman19602003See all my reviews

Too many critics sneer at Ronald Reagan's career in films. THey obviously didn't see this film. Law and Order is a solid western made in the era when westerns were made well. The script is tight, with plenty of action, but not weighted down with too much gratuitous violence that marks most of Eastwood's films. Reagan's performance as Frame Johnson is natural and believable. His skill in the saddle is displayed several times. He comes across tough and determined, yet has scruples. THe supporting cast boasts such veterans as Russell Johnson (who appears in many sci-fi films of the fifties) and Preston Foster and Dorothy Malone. Nathan Juran directed many films and television programs and was good at maximizing the low budget that Universal gave him for this effort. Another good western starring Reagan is Last Outpost (1951). Law and Order is definitely worth seeing - If Reagan had made more films of this caliber, he might not have gone into politics.


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