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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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Hayes to Wayne, "I got a girl in the sack, and I can't swim." 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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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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Hayes to Wayne, "I got a girl in the sack, and I can't swim.", 23 May 2008
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Secret passages, dynamite explosions, lots of hard riding, and the great team of Hayes and Wayne, so what else can a front-row kid turned old geezer ask for. Nothing. The movie's got it all. Okay, the plot's got more crazy twists than a corkscrew and Earl Dwire's Mexican accent is the worst until Larry Storch's Gunfever (1958), but who cares. It's Wayne at his likable peak and Hayes's Gabby is about three-quarters complete. Some great stunts, as expected from a cast that includes maestro Yakima Canutt, along with a leading lady who really can ride (one bad trip-wire stunt, my only complaint). Watch for the unexpected and humorous twist when Wayne takes a short-cut to nail Dwire. Sometimes these programmers can surprise you. I guess kids don't play cowboy anymore. Computers have taken away imaginary play. Too bad. Now, if I were just x years younger, I'd strap on my cap pistol, get my stick horse and join up with the posse. But first I got to get me one of those really big, big hats.

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