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Law and Order is a 1953 Technicolor Western film directed by Nathan Juran and starring Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone and Preston Foster.

Law and Order
Directed byNathan Juran
Produced byJohn W. Rogers
Written byInez Cocke
(adaptation by)
Screenplay byJohn Bagni
Gwen Bagni
D.D. Beauchamp
Based on"Saint Johnson"
W.R. Burnett
(as William R. Burnett)
StarringRonald Reagan
Dorothy Malone
Preston Foster
CinematographyClifford Stine
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 13, 1953 (1953-05-13) (Los Angeles)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US)[1]



Having cleaned up Tombstone, Arizona, marshal Frame Johnson (Ronald Reagan) quits after an attempted lynching. He hopes to settle down on a ranch near Cottonwood with his sweetheart Jeannie (Dorothy Malone). Before he can do so, he may have to clean up Cottonwood, too, making a great sacrifice to restore law and order.



  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  • Shooting stars: heroes and heroines of Western film by Archie P. McDonald.
  • Best Western Movies: Winning Pictures, Favorite Films and Hollywood "B" Entries by John Howard Reid.

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