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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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Lute Johnson
Ruth Hampton ...
Maria
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Jimmy Johnson
Barry Kelley ...
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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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... last of the great shooting marshals! See more »

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13 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Vijf dagen schrikbewind  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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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Version of Wild West Days (1937) See more »

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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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