As a candidate, Ronald Reagan was able to attract Democrats to the Republican side with his law-and-order bona fides. As an actor, he starred in several Westerns, including 1953’s
Law and Order as marshal Frame Johnson. A decade earlier, Reagan joined Lionel Barrymore to play the rancher Gil Jones in
The Bad Man. Like Teddy Roosevelt before him, Reagan’s cowboy ethos, brought to life in Hollywood shoot-’em-ups, loomed large in his electoral success.