The Law and Jake Wade (1958)


“Well, did you say a few words over the boys?” – Clint Hollister

“Yeah…good-bye.” – Ortero

“Very touching.” – Clint Hollister

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A Marshall helps break a criminal out of jail and then is forced by his former partner to show where the loot was stashed after a heist they committed years earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was quite intrigued to see since the premise sounded quite interesting.

The film does a great job showing how even when someone chooses to go straight, it doesn’t mean that his past can’t come back to bite them.

The story does a great job establishing these characters and what they truly want in life.

Both Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark are great in this film as the two leads and their relationship gets more and more complicated as the story unfolds.

Patricia Owens plays Taylor’s love interest and they do a nice job using their relationship to enhance the story and add more tension throughout.

Really enjoyed the way that this story seems to start off as a typical Western and the switches things quite quickly on the viewer while giving us something innovative as things begin to move forward.

The one problem with this film is that even at slightly under 90 minutes, it feels too long and there were a few scenes that could have been trimmed in order to make things tighter along the way.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was shot on location in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lone Pine and Death Valley. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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