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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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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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  (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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Anachronisms: During the chase scene, just before Ruby's horse goes down, a highway bridge is visible in the distance between the trees.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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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Wayne Versus the Frito Bandito, 4 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The most die-hard worshippers of John Wayne will cringe when they watch The Lawless Frontier. Even for a poverty row studio, this one is one stinkeroo.

Unusual for a western we have a criminal who is a sex crime perpetrator. Earl Dwire plays a halfbreed white and Indian who for reasons that are not explained, pretends he's a Mexican, hokey accent and all. Dwire sounds like the Frito Bandito of advertising fame back in the day.

He and his gang happen upon Gabby Hayes and his daughter Sheila Terry. They really don't have anything worth robbing, but Dwire just wants an excuse to kidnap Terry and have his way with her. She hears the dastardly fate she has in store and she and Hayes flee the ranch.

Where they happen to meet John Wayne who's on the trail of the bandits. They also run into one very stupid sheriff who believes Wayne is one of the bandits. Again for reasons I can't quite fathom.

It was a tough way to earn a living grinding out horse operas like these for the Duke. Fortunately better things were on the way.

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