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Law and Order (1932)

A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

W.R. Burnett (novel) (as William R. Burnett), John Huston (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Walter Huston ... Frame 'Saint' Johnson
Harry Carey ... Ed Brandt
Russell Hopton ... Luther Johnson
Raymond Hatton ... Deadwood
Ralph Ince ... Poe Northrup
Harry Woods ... Walt Northrup
Richard Alexander ... Kurt Northrup
Russell Simpson ... Judge R.W. Williams
Andy Devine ... Johnny Kinsman
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Traveling west, former peace officer Frame Johnson and his three friends arrive in Tombstone, a lawless town controlled by the three Northrup brothers. Preceded by his reputation, the town Council tries to get him to take the job of Marshal. He says he will not wear a badge again but seeing the ruthless Northrup murders he accepts. After a killing on both sides, although outnumbered, Johnson and his two remaing friends head to the OK Corral for a shoot out with the two remaining Northrups and their men. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Thrilling epic of lawless Tombstone days See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guns A'Blazing See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Anyone familiar with the Star Trek episode "Arena" (the one with the battle between Kirk and the Gorn) and the film "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" will recognize the distinctive rock formation that Walter Huston and his group ride past at the beginning of the film: it is located in Vasquez Rocks Park. See more »

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Stark and Rugged
6 December 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A stark and rugged early talkie western, Law and Order stars Walter Huston and Harry Carey, and is basically a fictionalization of the famous gunfight at the OK Corral. The names are changed to protect the innocent(and the guilty) but this is basically the same story. W.R. Burnett's novel provided the basis for this film. Young John Huston was one of the screenwriters.

Those who think that all early sound movies are chatty comedies and lugubrious soaps ought to take a look at this one. It's fast-paced and realistic, and ends in a breathtaking and amazingly well-sustained blaze of violence and gunplay. Director Edward Cahn proved himself a master on this one. He mostly directed B's and short subjects, and yet on this one occasion showed himself the equal of a Ford or a Hawks.


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