The Law and Jake Wade

The Law and Jake Wade

John Sturges (1958)

U Certificate


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An ageing Robert Taylor and a sneering Richard Widmark star as adversaries in this handsomely mounted western directed by that master of the genre, John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, Bad Day at Black Rock). It's a tale of two outlaws who once rode together, but now the evil Widmark is back and trying to coerce a reformed Taylor into revealing where their ill-gotten loot is buried. The climax - a Comanche Indian attack on a ghost town - is particularly well choreographed, and Robert Surtees's cinematography is often breathtaking. The clever, laconic screenplay by William Bowers tends to be underrated, as, indeed, was this fine, tense western, sent out on its original release with Tarzan and the Lost Safari.


A reformed outlaw becomes a US marshal, but veers off the straight and narrow when he is persuaded to break a former crony out of jail. The crook then repays the lawman by kidnapping his fiancee to force him to reveal where he hid the loot from the last robbery they pulled together. Western, starring Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens and Robert Middleton.

Cast & Crew

Jake Wade Robert Taylor (1)
Clint Hollister Richard Widmark
Peggy Carter Patricia Owens
Ortero Robert Middleton
Rennie Henry Silva
Wexler DeForest Kelley
Lieutenant Burt Douglas
Burke Eddie Firestone
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer