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Law and Order (1953)

Approved | | Western | 13 May 1953 (USA)
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
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Kurt Durling
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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 ...
The Durango Kid
Richard Garrick ...
Judge Williams
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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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The story of Frame Johnson and the five days of fury when he stood alone against the last of the Southwest's renegade rule! See more »

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13 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Vijf dagen schrikbewind  »

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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 »

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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Solid action western with good performances.
24 January 2006 | by (California - Film Capitol of the World) – See 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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