Law and Order (1932 film)

Law and Order is a 1932 American pre-Code Western film starring Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Andy Devine, Russell Hopton and Russell Simpson. It was the first movie to depict the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona.[1]

Law and Order
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced byCarl Laemmle Jr.
Written byTom Reed
John Huston
StarringWalter Huston
Harry Carey
Andy Devine
Russell Hopton
Russell Simpson
Music byDavid Broekman
David Klatzkin
CinematographyJackson Rose
Edited byPhilip Cahn
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 28, 1932 (1932-02-28)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film is based on the novel Saint Johnson, by W. R. Burnett. Walter Huston plays the part of lawman Frame Johnson, a fictionalized version of Wyatt Earp, and Russell Hopton plays his brother Luther Johnson. One of the best early Westerns in its character development, Law and Order features a script by John Huston, Walter's soon-to-be-famous son, and Tom Reed, who provided dialog for many movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Because of changes made during the film's production, all scenes involving the actress Lois Wilson were cut prior to the film's release.[2]



  1. Rainey, Buck (November 17, 2015). Western Gunslingers in Fact and on Film: Hollywood's Famous Lawmen and Outlaws. McFarland. p. 151. ISBN 9781476603285.
  2. Drew, William M. (1989). Speaking of Silents. Vestal, New York: Vestal Press. p. 270. ISBN 0-911572-81-3.
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