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The first film version of W.R. Burnett's novel W.R. Burnett was filmed as W.R. Burnett in 1932. Essentially an all-names-changed retelling of the Wyatt Earp legend, the film scored on its humanity and restraint. The 1953 remake eschewed the shadings and subtleties of the original in favor of a traditional shoot-em-up, replete with gratuitous violence. Ronald Reagan stars as the Earp counterpart this time, who has sworn to bring criminal Preston S. Foster to justice. The original W.R. Burnett had no love interest at all; the Reagan version pairs up the star with beautiful Dorothy Malone, and offers a second leading lady in the form of Ruth Hampton. The original had a hanging sequence which was treated as business as usual; the remake turns this sequence into a brutal lynching. Common to both films was the final showdown between Reagan and Foster, given added melodrama in the later version by the fact that Reagan had previously sworn to give up his guns for the love of his lady. Like most of Ronald Reagan's 1950s vehicles, W.R. Burnett paid its way and was then forgotten. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Ronald Reagan
as Frame Johnson
Dorothy Malone
as Jeannie Bristow
Alex Nicol
as Lute Johnson
Russell Johnson
as Jimmy Johnson
Barry Kelley
as Fin Elder
Chubby Johnson
as Denver Cahoon
Jack Kelly
as Jed
Dennis Weaver
as Frank Durling
Wally Cassell
as Durango Kid
Richard Garrick
as Judge Williams
Holly Bane
as Horseman
Jack Daly
as Allie Marshall
Martin Garralaga
as Mexican Man
William Gould
Harry Harvey
as Land Agent
Jack Ingram
Ethan Laidlaw
Kenneth MacDonald
as Rancher
Kermit Maynard
as Onlooker
Eddie Parker
as Man
Victor Romito
Buddy Roosevelt
William Tannen
as Stranger
Britt Wood
as Drunk
Gregg Barton
as Wingett
Tristram Coffin
as Parker
Don Garner
as Johnny Benton
Gregg Barton
as Wingett
Britt Wood
as Drunk
William Tannen
as Stranger
Eddie Parker
as Man
Kermit Maynard
as Onlooker
Kenneth MacDonald
as Rancher
Tristram Coffin
as Parker
Martin Garralaga
as Mexican Man
Jack Daly
as Allie Marshall
Holly Bane
as Horseman
Harry Harvey
as Land Agent

Crew

Nathan Juran
Director
Vernel Bagneris
Screenwriter
Inez Cocke
Screenwriter
John Bagni
Screenwriter
Clifford Stine
Cinematographer
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Kent
Editor
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Robert Clatworthy
Art Director
John P. Austin
Set Designer
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
Fred Frank
First Assistant Director
Bud Westmore
Makeup
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