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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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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 ...
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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Haunted by a woman's scarlet lips! Hated by the brother who called him "coward"! Hunted by the man with the iron fist! See more »

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Western

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13 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vijf dagen schrikbewind  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Jeannie: [to Frame Johnson] You're big and you're ugly and you're stupid, and I happen to be in love with you.
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Legless
29 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is resoundingly bad. The script and supporting cast are plainly stupid - this in isolation could be tolerated; but the stupidity extends to the inability to tell much of a story through visual perspective, so both of its legs are shot out from under it.

There's no attempt to break new ground, it's all about affirming the "men are men, women are sex objects" motif.

Reagan himself actually does the best work here -- knowing he has to play it straight, but he always manages to slip in his trademark wink at the audience.

Foster's prosthetic hand would later be recycled for Nicholas Cage in "Moonstruck".

The fistfight at the end between Reagan and Foster is well composed, using a vocabulary heavily borrowed from in later action films, notably the image of the hero who's about to have his face impaled on a prong ("Cobra", among many others).


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