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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
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Fin Elder
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Denver Cahoon
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Jed
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Frank Durling
Wally Cassell ...
Durango Kid
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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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1.37 : 1
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Ronald Reagan was known as the Law and Order president due in part to him starring in this film and his political positions. See more »

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[The town undertaker, Denver Cahoon, is trying to drum up business]
Denver Cahoon: Where's the Durango Kid?
Frame Johnson: That's him.
Denver Cahoon: You mean to say you brought him back alive?
Frame Johnson: Well, for the time being.
Denver Cahoon: Now, we've been friends for a long time, Frame. But since you cleaned up this town, I can't hardly make a living. How do you expect me to make any money off of him?
Durango Kid: Don't worry about it friend, you won't have to wait long.
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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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