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Law & Jake Wade [DVD] [1958] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Robert Taylor , Richard Widmark , John Sturges    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens, Robert Middleton, Henry Silva
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Writers: Marvin H. Albert, William Bowers
  • Producers: William B. Hawks
  • Format: DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00195I3P4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,160 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
MGM presents "THE LAW AND JAKE WADE" (6 June 1958) (86 mins/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Our story line and plot, Jake Wade (Robert Taylor) is a one-time outlaw who has gone straight and is now the Marshall in a small town --- His past catches up with him when his former partner, Clint Hollister (Richard Widmark), takes him prisoner in order to get his share of the loot from their last job together --- To make sure Jake cooperates, they also take his fiancée Peggy (Patricia Owens) along for the trip --- Peggy learns all too quickly about Jake's past --- When they reach the ghost town where Jake hid the money, they have to fight off a band of marauding Indians --- An all too well told, western melodrama that doesn't pull any punches --- Taylor getting on in years is still a strong presence in the tale penned by Marvin H. Albert --- With good shots of the High Sierras and Death Valley, "Law and Jake Wade" is a good standard Western filled with irony dialog and sardonic humor, enjoyable throughout --- Richard Widmark's gang which included DeForest Kelley, Robert Middleton, and Henry Silva bring to the table an outstanding cast of players.

Under the production staff of:
John Sturges - Director
William Hawks - Producer
Marvin H. Albert - Book Author
William Bowers - Screenwriter
Robert Surtees - Cinematographer
Ferris Webster - Editor
Daniel B. Cathcart - Art Director
William Horning - Art Director
Henry W. Grace - Set Designer
Otto Siegel - Set Designer
Walter Plunkett - Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle - Makeup
Lee Le Blanc - Special Effects
Robert Saunders - First Assistant Director

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tense and Taut Classic. 28 Jun 2009
An excellent film that gives a truthful and unglamorized version of the West. This was a look that the director John Sturges strove to achieve. The result is perhaps one of his finer films. It is certainly better than the episodic dramatics of "The Magnificent Seven", which encouraged the demented excesses of the Italian western. The film has been celebrated for the beautiful colour photography of Robert Surtees, but the fine laconic script by William Bowers should not be forgotten. The look of the film is certainly helped by the location filming in California's High Sirra's, Lone Pine and the much used Death Valley.

The film which concentrates on character development and building tension over action, concerns the attempts of an ex outlaw turned sheriff, played by Robert Taylor, who attempts to remain true to the badge despite the heavy handed tactics by an ex partner, who he has ironically rescued from a hanging to persuade him otherwise. The old friend is played by the increasingly psychotic Richard Widmark, in a role he seizes with much relish. Taylor has buried gold in the past from a previous robbery, and Widmark and the old gang want it. They don't care too much how they go about getting it. Taylor is given a rough ride and the tension is steadily built towards the inevitable final confrontation.

A special mention should be given to a fine cast of supporting heavies. Robert Middleton is excellent, and reminded me much of the sleazy Orson Welles in "Touch of Evil". Henry Silva was one of the finest cinematic bad guys exuding menace at a glance, and De Forrest Kelly before his Dr McCoy from Star Trek, also crops up to lend further good support.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAW AND JAKE WADE (1958) 16 Nov 2008
By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This movie was first released in 1958(2008) in widescreen 1.85.1, Metrocolour and runs 86 minutes. The sound and the picture quality are fine. The extra is a good trailor. One of the best westerns directed by John Sturges in a beautiful setting of snowcapped Sierras mountains. Robert Taylor (JAKE WADE) gets Richard Widmark (CLINT HOLLISTER) freed from jail, as he had done for him before. Widmark catches up with Taylor now a marshall, wanting his 20,000 dollars back. Widmark kidnaps Taylor's girl Penny (PATRICIA OWENS) and forces him to take him and his gang to the money. They pass through beautiful country and finally arrive at a deserted village. Will Widmark succeed and then kill Taylor?
Even though Taylor is the good guy, Widmark gets all the excellent lines and he steels the show with his acting. This story of MARVIN ALBERT is beautifully photographed in widescreen by ROBERT SURTEES. Beautiful movie with excellent script, setting and direction.
Robert Taylor (SPANGLER ARLINGTON BRUGH) was born on 5.8.1911 in Fillay, Nebraska, USA. As a teenager, he was a TRACK and enrolled to study music. While in theatre group, he was spotted by MGM in 1932. He signed 7 years contract and changed his name to 'Robert Taylor'. His film debut was in 1934 and by 1941, he did darker roles like 'Billy the Kid'. He did many westerns, and one of the best in 1958 -'The Law and Jake Wade'. By 1969, he was too ill to continue working. He was married twice and had 2 children with German actress, 'Ursula Thiess' - Terry(1955) and Tessa(1959). On 8.6.1969, aged 57, he died of lung cancer. His large house and ranch in Los Angeles was sold in 2010 for $56 million!
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