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Law and Order (1953)

 -  Western  -  13 May 1953 (USA)
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Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done...

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Frame Johnson
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Jeannie
Preston Foster ...
Kurt Durling
Alex Nicol ...
Luther 'Lute' Johnson
Ruth Hampton ...
Maria Durling
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Jimmy Johnson
Barry Kelley ...
Sheriff Fin Elder
Chubby Johnson ...
Denver Cahoon
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Jed
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Frank Durling
Wally Cassell ...
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 »

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Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vijf dagen schrikbewind  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The film is set in 1882. There is a scene in the kitchen of the Durling home where a large cylinder machine is playing a recording. The name "Edison" is printed in flowing script on the front of the machine. However, the Edison Phonograph Company was not in existence yet. It was formed on October 8, 1887. 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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Reagan's best horse opera
5 August 2006 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

It would be easy to poke fun at a Western that features the red-white-and blue tie President Reagan and the Gilligan's Island Professor, Russell Johnson, but both men turn in believable and thought-provoking performances.

The Johnson brothers (Reagan, Johnson, and Alex Nicol) move to a town, appropriately named "Contention" (love that name!), as retired lawmen tired of shooting it out with bad guys and hoping for a peaceful existence. As is customary in Westerns, evil runs the town, and guess who eventually has to wield a 6-gun to clean things up. The positive ethics of supporting law and order with a non-violent approach serves Reagan surprisingly well; he plays the role with earnest conviction. Johnson, as his brazen and impulsive younger brother, is a polar opposite and good balance to study the nature of both men. When the latter involves himself with the sister of the head honcho bad guy, the stage is set for good and evil to encounter one another in classic Western tradition.

A better than average horse opera with a well presented message. Good for Saturday afternoon viewing.


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