UCM.ONE is releasing the western with the German title “Die Hand am Colt” (Original English title: “Law and Order“) on the B-Spree Classics label for the first time in brand-new 2K scanning and restoration from the original camera negative in the uncut version as a Mediabook as well as on DVD & BD in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Ronald Reagan, who was popularly known as the “Law and Order President” from 1981 to 1989, is said to attribute his unimpeachable reputation in this respect to this film, in which he plays his version of the legendary Wyatt Earp.


Marshal Frame Johnson (Ronald Reagan) has become a legend in Tombstone after chasing the criminals out of town with an iron hand.

That’s why he decides to hang up the gun and the job and realise his dream of becoming a farmer. He also wants to finally marry his fiancée Jeanny (Dorothy Malone). Together with his brothers Jimmy and Lute, they move to Cottonwood. But there is trouble there in the form of Kurt Durning (Preston Foster), who wants revenge on Frame since he was crippled in an earlier encounter with him. When Frame’s brother Lute becomes marshal of Cottonwood, things come to a head. In an unfair duel, Lute is killed by one of Durning’s sons, and Jimmy avenges his brother in self-defence. Frame is now forced to take up the gun himself once more to ensure law and order.

Law and Order” by Raymond M. Dryden was already the fourth film adaptation of the novel “Saint Johnson” by William Riley Burnett after 1932, 1937 and 1940.

Data about the film

Original title:
Law and Order
Director: Richard Garrick
Book: W.R. Burnett
Producer: Raymond M. Dryden
Actors: Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone, Preston Foster, Alex Nicol, Ruth Hampton, Russell Johnson, Barry Kelley, Chubby Johnson, Jack Kelly, Dennis Weaver, Wally Cassell, Richard Garrick
Country: USA
Year: 1953


Comments about the movie

“A good old western full of saloons, gunfights, romances and a brawl in a barn.” (Laura’s Misc. Musings)

“The film shows that Ronald Reagan was a natural in the saddle and as a lawman.” (MysteryFiles.com)

“The Hand on the Gun is a Ronald Reagan movie. Say what you will about Reagan as an actor, but when he appeared in Westerns, he was very much in his comfort zone with his natural charisma and likable way of playing the archetype of the hard-working good guy.” (www.themoviescene.co.uk)

“Wonderfully suited to a rainy Saturday night.” (JerryAtTheOldMovies)

“The camerawork by Clifford Stine is quite good and is one of the film’s strengths.” (jeffarnoldswest.com)

“The routine Western was a retelling of the Wyatt-Earp legend with only the names changed and a message of restraint at the forefront.” (dennisschwartzreviews.com)

Technical data

Mediabook | Blu-Ray picture format: full screen 1.37:1 / 1080p 23,976; DVD picture format: full screen 1.37:1 | Blu-Ray running time: 80 min. (79,51); DVD running time: 77 min. | Blu-Ray sound formats: German DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono), English DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono); DVD sound formats: German DD 2.0 (mono), English DD 2.0 (mono) | Extras: Original trailer, artwork gallery | Rating: FSK 12

Blu-Ray | Picture format: Full screen 1.37:1 / 1080p 23,976 | Running time: 80 min. (79,51) | Sound formats: German DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono), English DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono | Extras: Original Trailer, Artwork Gallery | Rating: FSK 12

DVD | Picture format: Full screen 1.37:1 | Running time: 77 min. | Sound formats: German DD 2.0 (mono), English DD 2.0 (mono) | Extras: Original Trailer, Artwork Gallery | Rating: FSK 12

More information about the film label: B-Spree Classics