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The Law and Jake Wade (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 22 November 1958 (Japan)
Marshal Jake Wade aids outlaw Clint Hollister escape jail but Clint wants to know where Wade hid an old hold-up loot taken while both men were outlaws in the same gang.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Marvin H. Albert (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Jake Wade
Richard Widmark ... Clint Hollister
Patricia Owens ... Peggy
Robert Middleton ... Ortero
Henry Silva ... Rennie
DeForest Kelley ... Wexler (as De Forest Kelley)
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Lieutenant
Eddie Firestone ... Burke
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Storyline

Outlaw Clint Hollister escapes from jail with the help of Marshal Jake Wade, because once Clint did the same for him. Jake left Clint just after, but Clint finds him back and forces Jake to lead him to a loot Jake buried one year ago when he quitted Clint's gang. Written by Yepok

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Don't miss this gun-crashing story of relentless pursuit and violent vengeance! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schatz des Gehenkten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,538,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$970,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,795,000, 31 December 1958
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Taylor disliked Henry Silva because the latest was taller than him. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the film, Robert Taylor is seen entering the town. In the very next scene, he is seen again entering the town but from the opposite direction. This is evident by the buildings on the left side. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Carter: Your father was a preacher?
Rennie: Kind of a phony evangelist. I tell ya, he was about the meanest man I've ever met in my life. He just naturally liked to beat up on anything that was smaller than him. And of course, he could always say he was beating the fear of God into ya.
Peggy Carter: Well, where is he now?
Rennie: Well, I, ah, well I hope I know where he is. He was the first man I ever killed.
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Referenced in Young and Healthy As a Rose (1971) See more »

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Always on the run...
26 April 2007 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

'Old' Westerns aren't my favourite type of film - never have been, but if I had to make an exception for a classic example, right now this would be it. One thing in its favour from my point of view is that it tells a simple story which really boils down to one man versus another. Sure, both the title character and the baddie have cohorts, but the crux of the matter is that there's a score to be settled between the two leads. Joyfully, there isn't a posse in sight (unless you include the Indian encounter.)

There's nothing' better than a man trying to atone for his past getting caught up once more with an old accomplice who won't let him forget it. What some call a wooden performance from Robert Taylor, I prefer to call 'relaxed'. I've seen him harshly judged in some quarters, but to me he was a likable presence - although it's true to say that of the two, Richard Widmark takes top honours. The final showdown is tense and competently strung out by Sturges. While it's not quite mano a mano, it IS one on one... To me, that's a good thing.


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