Law and Order (1940)
Movie InfoLaw and Order (TV title: The Law) is a loose remake of the 1932 film of the same name; both were based on a novel by W. R. Burnett, which in turn was inspired by the career of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. Not as "profound" as the earlier film, the remake is essentially a western vehicle for Johnny Mack Brown, cast as Earp-like peacekeeper Bill Ralston. Though he's officially hung up his guns, Ralston agrees to clean up the town of Rhyolite and to rid the West of the notorious Daggett gang (Harry Cording, Ted Adams, Ethan Laidlaw). This he does for the sake of heroine Sally Dixon, played by Nell O'Day (the original Law and Order had virtually no women at all in the cast). This film was itself remade in 1953 as an above-average Ronald Reagan starrer, with extra dollops of sex and violence thrown in for good measure. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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