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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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A badge was his life... a saddle his home... and a six-gun his only friend! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1953 (Algeria) See more »

Also Known As:

Vijf dagen schrikbewind 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

Film takes place in 1882. 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

Frame Johnson: I bought a ranch in Cottonwood. I need help with the plowing.
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Version of Law and Order (1940) See more »

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Great Western
3 March 2005 | by dbell-8See all my reviews

I am a western fanatic with over 200 top western titles in my personal collection, many of which are in my IMDb database. This film made in 1953 is very enjoyable to watch. If you are a fan of Westerns you will absolutely want to watch this film. Law and Order reminds me of the Stewart-Mann Westerns of the same era with the same attention to detail and plot development.Juran like Anthony Mann brings out the best in his actors. Ronald Reagan is tough and believable, the color adds to the excellent filming, and the acting is quite good. Dorthy Malone is very beautiful and charming. Apart from a bit of predictability this film combines, action, horse riding, gun fights, and a beautiful girl into a good enjoyable film.

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