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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.


John Sturges


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




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


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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Robert Taylor, handcuffed, unable to protect his girl from the killer, Richard Widmark! See more »


Drama | Romance | Western


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The film was shot on location in California's High Sierra mountain range, Lone Pine and Death Valley. See more »


The authenticity of the location filming makes the studio filmed night scenes look all the more artificial. See more »


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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Taylor and Widmark as adversaries in a search for hidden bank money
1 August 2001 | by Mickey-2See all my reviews

"The Law and Jake Wade" was made in 1958 and starred Robert Taylor as a former outlaw who gave up the life of crime and became Marshal Jake Wade. Taylor's character is chased by a former outlaw associate, Clint Hollister, eagerly portrayed by Richard Widmark, who returns with two intentions; first, to find the stolen bank money that Wade had hidden in a job they did together, and then kill Jake Wade for causing him so much trouble in the first place. The outlaw gang's portrayers are Henry Silva, Robert Middleton, Eddie Firestone, and before his days in "Star Trek" DeForest Kelley, and all set out to find the missing money. There is, however, some Comanche Indians on the warpath, and the trek where Taylor is leading them to is also in the territory controlled by the Indians. All the elements for a watchable western are included in this one, and the viewer can also take in some views of the western wildlands. A nice 7/10

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Release Date:

22 November 1958 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office


$1,538,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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