Law and Order

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Law and Order, starring Walter Huston and written by his son John Huston, is an excellent Western tale of how violence was needed to quell violence in the Old West. Huston, Sr. plays Frame Johnson, a quick drawing, fearless sheriff who uses terror tactics to make a lawless town a safe place for decent folks to live. With spartan production values, filmmaker Edward L. Cahn in this his first Western creates a realistic, unromanticized view of a brutal era.

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Walter Huston
as Frame Johnson
Harry Carey
as Ed Brant
Walter Brennan
as Lamny Smith
Andy Devine
as Johnny Kinsman
Ralph Ince
as Poe Northrup
Russell Simpson
as Judge Williams
Russell Hopton
as Luther Johnson
Harry Woods
as Walt Northrup
Richard Alexander
as Kurt Northrup
Alphonse Ethier
as Fin Elder
Nelson McDowell
as Parker Brother #1
D'Arcy Corrigan
as Undertaker Parker
Arthur Wanzer
as George Dixon
Neal Hart
as Ike Jones
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  • Sep 25, 2016
    The other half of a Edward L. Cahn double feature I saw at the Cleveland Cinematheque. This low budget Universal western of 1932 was remade with Ronald Reagan in the 50s. This is actually one of many adaptations of the tale of Wyatt Earp with Doc Holliday and their showdown in Tombstone. The Wyatt character becomes Frame Johnson played by Walter Huston. The Doc character becomes Ed Brandt played by Harry Carey. Frame has one brother with him and they fight the Northrup gang. It will all be quite familiar if you know the legend of Tombstone. I enjoyed seeing performances from Walter Huston and Harry Carey in their prime. With Law and Order being brought to the wild west the morality is in simple terms of black and white, good vs. evil. Again it falls right in the mediocre middle with earlier silent westerns establishing genre clichés and later westerns taking more risk with style and therefore becoming more memorable.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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