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Law and Order (1953)

Approved  |   |  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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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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13 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vijf dagen schrikbewind  »

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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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Entertaining Studio B-Western
30 October 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Ronald Reagan quits his job as sheriff of Tombstone (No, he's not Wyatt Earp.) and heads for greener pastures in an attempt to start a new calmer life for himself and his brothers, only to find out that his new home is run with an iron hand, both figuratively and literally, by old foe Preston Foster and his sniveling sons.

A solid studio B-western, this looks like a million bucks in gorgeous Technicolor and has a script that really knows what buttons to push.

One of Reagan's better roles, he strikes all the right notes and is definitely well cast.

This is also a great showcase for up and coming future stars Russell Johnson (the professor on Gilligan's Island) and an almost unrecognizable Dennis Weaver, who really makes the best out of his role as one of Foster's sadistic sons.

The final fist-fight between Reagan and Foster is well staged, exciting, and immensely satisfying.


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