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The Last Frontier (1932)

Passed | | Western | 5 September 1932 (USA)
A frontier newspaper editor Kirby battles outlaw Tiger Morris who is causing indian uprisings to drive away settlers so that he will can claim a gold deposit as his own. With the help of ... See full summary »


(as Spencer Gordon Bennett), (as Thomas L. Storey)


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Feature version of the 1932 serial The Last Frontier.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Storey
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Dorothy Gulliver, Mary Jo Desmond


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Kirby, aka The Black Ghost (as Creighton Chaney)
Betty Halliday
Jeff Maitland
Joe Bonomo ...
Henchman Joe
Henchman Hank (as Peter Morrison)
Buck, chief henchman
Wild Bill (Ch's. 1 & 2) (as Yakina Canutt)
Mary Jo Desmond ...
Aggie Kirby (as Mary Joe Desmond)
Slim Cole ...
Uncle Happy (as King Cole)
Lige Morris
Rose Maitland
Claude Payton ...
Henchman Bad Ben (Ch's. 1 & 6) (as Benny Corbett)
Chief Pawnee Blood (as Frank Lachteen)


A frontier newspaper editor Kirby battles outlaw Tiger Morris who is causing indian uprisings to drive away settlers so that he will can claim a gold deposit as his own. With the help of General Custer, right wins out. Presented in serial form in 12 episodes. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Release Date:

5 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den maskerade mannen  »

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(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only serial from RKO Radio Pictures. See more »


Joe Bonomo's character is the henchman named Joe but he is listed in the credits as playing Kit Gordon. See more »

Crazy Credits

The movie displays under credits "Yakina" Canutt as playing Buffalo Bill. This was a typo as Yakima never used the first name Yakina in his movie credits. See more »


Edited into The Black Ghost (1932) See more »

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If you love stock footage and wanna be Soviet montage.....
12 March 2006 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

Lige Morris is trying to start a range war between settlers and Indians in order to cash in on local gold claims (how original) and does so by using respectable townsman Jeff Maitland as his henchmen. Maitland tries to smuggle rifles to the Indians, but is thwarted by appearances by the Black Ghost, masked vigilante. The Black Ghost is in reality Tom Kirby, editor of the local paper. Helping Tom/Black Ghost is Betty Halliday, daughter of a calvary colonel, and Rose Maitland, Jeff's wife who is trying to keep their marriage a secret. The serial takes all 12 chapters and is still unable to establish much in the way of story and action. The cast is willing, but all of the performances come off as uninspired and listless. The editing here has more cuts at times than the Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potempkin, which here is probably meant to create suspense, but just blurs the eyes of the audience. Characters such as Custer, Col. Halliday, and others are listed high in the credits, but are just in the beginning and that's it. The serial obviously was only distributed by RKO, and it may have been a lot better if they took more of a hand in this. Rating, based on serials, 2.5

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