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The Lawless Frontier -- Mexican outlaw Zanti killed John Tobin's parents. John teams up with Dusty, also hurt by Zanti, to get the bad guy.
The Lawless Frontier -- John Wayne stars as John Tobin, set out to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of a Mexican outlaw named Zanti. Tobin teams up with Dusty, and oldtimer played by George Hayes who has also suffered from Zanti's actions and together, with Dusty's daughter, they bring the bandit's career to an end.


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Release Date:
22 November 1934 (USA) See more »
Mexican outlaw Zanti killed John Tobin's parents. John teams up with Dusty, also hurt by Zanti, to get the bad guy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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This B western deserves a B grade from this teacher. See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Tobin
Sheila Terry ... Ruby
Jack Rockwell ... Sheriff Luke Williams

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Dusty (as George Hayes)
Jay Wilsey ... 2nd Zanti Henchman (as Buffalo Bill Jr.)
Yakima Canutt ... Joe - Zanti's Henchman
Gordon De Main ... Deputy Miller (as Bud Wood)
Earl Dwire ... Pandro Zanti Posing as Don Yorba
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Coats ... Townsman (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Henchman (uncredited)
Arthur Millett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... Henchman (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Background Townsman (uncredited) (archive footage)

Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury  (as R.N. Bradbury)
Writing credits
Robert N. Bradbury (story and screen play) (as R.N. Bradbury)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photography)
Film Editing by
Charles R. Hunt (film editor) (as Charles Hunt)
Art Direction by
E.R. Hickson 
Sound Department
Ralph Shugart .... recordist
Yakima Canutt .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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59 min | USA:52 min (worldvision print) | Germany:46 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

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Factual errors: Costuming error in last John Wayne scene calling home, as he's shown wearing a badge; but it is on the wrong side of his chest, and should be over his heart on the left side, not the right side.See more »
The Sheriff:You're a slick, cunning wolf, Zanti, but I finally got ya.
Pandro Zanti:You forgot, Señor Sheriff, wolves run in packs. And mine is not far behind.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
This B western deserves a B grade from this teacher., 1 January 2007
Author: keesha45 from United States

So what can you say about a film that has the villain hamming it up with a lousy Mexican accent, an opening that has an atrocious editing job(mixing day and night footage in the same scene)and a dumb sheriff who wants to arrest the wrong man and botches his handcuffing of the real villain? For all its faults, it's actually not too bad. The chase scenes actually are quite good, with realistic falls from horseback by the girl and the villain in separate sequences. In real life, galloping over rough terrain, often with people shooting at one another, would cause those spills frequently. Once you get past the horrendous opening, Archie Stout's photography is pretty good for a B movie. I especially liked the desert foot-chase scene, with the towering basalt cliffs of Red Rock Canyon in the background. All told, the action sequences and sometimes stunning photography kept this and other John Wayne potboilers from being dull and gave depression-era audiences their money's worth, which was what made B westerns so popular in the first place. Just like audiences back then did, I sat back and enjoyed the ride, bumpy though it may be at times. Dale Roloff

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