Law and Order (1953)





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Ronald Reagan plays Wyatt Earp in all but name in this Technicolor Western from Universal International. Having cleaned up the once lawless town of Tombstone, Frame Johnson Reagan and his two younger brothers, Lute (Alex Nicol) and Jimmy (Russell Johnson), purchase a ranch outside of Cottonwood, AZ. Retirement is not to be, however, as the town is being terrorized by rustler-turned-rancher Kurt Durling (Preston Foster) and his brood of delinquents. When Frame, who has promised Tombstone saloon owner Jeannie Bristow (Dorothy Malone) to finally settle down, refuses the position of marshal, brother Lute takes on the job of cleaning up the town. But Lute is killed by nasty Frank Durling (Dennis Weaver) and when Jimmy takes the law into his own hands, Frame is forced to reverse his prior decision to stay out of the fray.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western , Romance
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Ronald Reagan
as Frame Johnson
Dorothy Malone
as Jeannie Bristow
Preston S. Foster
as Kurt Durling
Dennis Weaver
as Frank Durling
Russell Johnson
as Jimmy Johnson
Alex Nicol
as Lute Johnson
Barry Kelley
as Fin Elder
Chubby Johnson
as Denver Cahoon
Valerie Jackson
as Clarissa
Don Garner
as Johnny Benton
Richard Garrick
as Judge Williams
Richard H. Cutting
as Card Player
Gregg Barton
as Wingett
William O'Neal
as Ben Wiley
Wally Cassell
as Durango
William Tannen
as Stranger
Jack Daly
as Allie Marshall
Harry Harvey
as Land Agent
Martin Garralaga
as Mexican Man
Holly Bane
as Horseman
Britt Wood
as Drunk
Richard Cutting
as Card Player
Watson Downs
as Doctor
Thor Holmes
as Stable Boy
Kermit Maynard
as Onlooker
John Carpenter (III)
as Lynch Mob Man Shot in Leg by Johnson
Buddy Roosevelt
as Lynch Mob Member
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Ronald Reagan doesn't make it as an actor.

Full Review… | January 18, 2004
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This was a really less than average western. Loosely based on the events of the Tombstone era and resembles the later Tombstone flick where a tired lawman just wants to start over somewhere. This is the 1st time I'd seen Reagan act in the film and it wasn't all that great. At the end of the 1st scene where he brawls a bandit, it's like he thought the take was over and the pair were walking over to the food table. It is interesting that Reagan although star of the film doesn't dominate the screen. He looks confused most of the time. Not tortured confused trying to decide what the right thing to do is, just confused. If you're looking for classic great American western this is not it. The Duke is still the head honcho of 1950's cowboy films. With Reagan riding a distant side saddle.

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