When Brent Halston returns he finds his father in an insane asylum and Wilton about to foreclose on their ranch and bring sheep onto the cattle range. When Wilton kills a rancher, Brent is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Ethel Gordon
Gilbert Ware
James Wilton
John Elliott ...
Ben Livesay
Lawyer George Lessin
Dr. Close
Samuel Halston (as Joseph Girard)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Snowflake (as Snowflake)
George Yeoman ...
Sheriff Sam Simon


When Brent Halston returns he finds his father in an insane asylum and Wilton about to foreclose on their ranch and bring sheep onto the cattle range. When Wilton kills a rancher, Brent is blamed and jailed. Escaping jail he gets Ware to confess that he payed to have Halston committed. He then gets unexpected help from Ethel Gordon when Wilton tries to foreclose. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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RANGE WAR FOR THE WATER RIGHTS! (all original posters-all caps)


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1 October 1935 (USA)  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Friday 29 November 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


Crooked Gambler: It's your bet.
Brent Halston: Oh, no. It's your bet. You're high with the king of spades.
Crooked Gambler: But I haven't got any king of spades!
Brent Halston: Oh, I don't mean the one in the hole - I mean the one in your hand here.
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Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »


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It's Richard Cramer Again!!
29 April 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Hoot Gibson, who had made over 100 westerns for Universal, was almost at the end of the trail. In the change over from silent to sound Universal panicked as regard the feasibility of sound westerns and dropped Hoot. He continued for a few years but these films were not up to the Universal standard even though, with his name, they continued to make a profit. His last few films were released for Diversion, "Cavalcade of the West" being the best but "Frontier Justice" really scrapped the bottom of the barrel. Plotwise it had Hoot playing breezy Brent Halston who rides into town with a million practical jokes and determined to rescue his father who has been incarcerated in an insane asylum all for being a bit too quick on the trigger.

It's hard not to reveal spoilers when any old Western aficionado knows within two minutes who the villain is. Before Halston Snr. is carted off to the asylum, "good friend" Gilbert Ware (Richard Cramer) appoints himself power of attorney. Cramer, who was never anybody's friend in Westerns, even gets to say that immortal line "We'll arrange a little neck tie party". Anyway, before the old codger is carted away, he keeps ranting about a $5,000 bed. Brent realises that's where the bonds are hidden.

There's not a lot of action in this movie apart from the cattle breaking into the Halston ranch. There is the obligatory girl, Jane Barnes, who looks as though she would be more than capable of sorting out this pretty average movie on her own. Not one of Hoot's finer moments.

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