Law and Order

Law and Order

Director: Nathan Juran, Ronald Wilson Reagan, Dorothy Malone, Preston S. Foster

Cast: Nathan Juran, Ronald Wilson Reagan, Dorothy Malone, Preston S. Foster

     
 

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The first film version of W.R. Burnett's novel Saint Johnson was filmed as Law and Order in 1932. Essentially an all-names-changed retelling of the Wyatt Earp legend, the film scored on its humanity and restraint. The 1953 remake eschewed the shadings and subtleties of the original in favor of a traditional shoot-em-up, replete with gratuitous violence.

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The first film version of W.R. Burnett's novel Saint Johnson was filmed as Law and Order in 1932. Essentially an all-names-changed retelling of the Wyatt Earp legend, the film scored on its humanity and restraint. The 1953 remake eschewed the shadings and subtleties of the original in favor of a traditional shoot-em-up, replete with gratuitous violence. Ronald Reagan stars as the Earp counterpart this time, who has sworn to bring criminal Preston S. Foster to justice. The original Law and Order had no love interest at all; the Reagan version pairs up the star with beautiful Dorothy Malone, and offers a second leading lady in the form of Ruth Hampton. The original had a hanging sequence which was treated as business as usual; the remake turns this sequence into a brutal lynching. Common to both films was the final showdown between Reagan and Foster, given added melodrama in the later version by the fact that Reagan had previously sworn to give up his guns for the love of his lady. Like most of Ronald Reagan's 1950s vehicles, Law and Order paid its way and was then forgotten.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The bleak look of the seminal 1932 Western classic Law and Order has been exchanged for a Technicolor landscape and the equally colorful presence of Dorothy Malone and "Miss New Jersey of 1952," Ruth Hampton, in this the third go-around of W.R. Burnett's tale of a Wyatt Earp-like reformer. Ronald Reagan, alas, is almost too laid-back as the fatigued lawman, and although they do their best to ignite the screen, the supporting players likewise fail to liven the rather obvious goings-on. The result is one of those typical early-'50s Grade-B+ Westerns that proved moneymakers for the burgeoning Universal International but are today notable mainly for the early appearances of future television stars, in this case Russell Johnson, Dennis Weaver, and Jack Kelly.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
UPC:
0025192273322
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
16,268

Special Features

Includes original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Reagan Frame Johnson
Dorothy Malone Jeannie Bristow
Preston S. Foster Kurt Durling
Alex Nicol Lute Johnson
Ruth Hampton Maria Durling
Russell Johnson Jimmy Johnson
Barry Kelley Fin Elder
Chubby Johnson Denver Cahoon
Jack Kelly Jed
Dennis Weaver Frank Durling
Wally Cassell Durango Kid
Richard Garrick Judge Williams
Holly Bane Horseman
John Carpenter Actor
Richard H. Cutting Card Player
Jack Daly Allie Marshall
Watson Downs Doctor
Martin Garralaga Mexican Man
William Gould Actor
Harry Harvey Land Agent
Thomas Brown Henry Dixon
Jack Ingram Actor
Ethan Laidlaw Actor
Kenneth MacDonald Rancher
Kermit Maynard Onlooker
Eddie Parker Man
Victor Romito Actor
Buddy Roosevelt Actor
James F. Stone Martin
William Tannen Stranger
Britt Wood Drunk
Gregg Barton Wingett
Tristram Coffin Parker
Don Garner Johnny Benton
Valerie Jackson Clarissa

Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Vernel Bagneris Screenwriter
John Bagni Screenwriter
Daniel D. Beauchamp Screenwriter
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Inez Cocke Screenwriter
Fred Frank Asst. Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted Kent Editor
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Pritchard Sound/Sound Designer
John W. Rogers Producer
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Bud Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:14]
2. The Durango Kid [6:14]
3. Lynch Mob [5:35]
4. You're Not Wanted Here [7:51]
5. Don't Need the Law [4:46]
6. Right Man for the Job [4:57]
7. A New Marshall in Town [2:19]
8. Your Side of the Fence [2:31]
9. Gun Shy [4:22]
10. Cheap Shot [5:00]
11. A Family Affair [6:20]
12. Breaking the Law [4:47]
13. Walking Target [4:08]
14. Can't Run from a Reputation [5:28]
15. Cut Down to Size [4:06]
16. Give Johnson a Chance [7:31]
17. Look Who's Back [1:59]
18. End Titles [:28]

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