The Marshal sends Lash and Fuzzy south of the border where McCord runs a smuggling operation. His chief henchman, known as the Frontier Phantom, is Lash's brother and it's not long before the two brothers meet.
Marshal Clark sends Lash La Rue and Fuzzy Q. Jones to break up a gang of counterfeiters, led by Jim McCord, operating in a deserted village across the border. On the way, they chase off three outlaws in pursuit of a wagon carrying Frank Evans and his daughter Jane, who are trying to escape from the outlaw's hideout. Lash leaves Fuzzy to guard the buckboard while he escorts the Evans' to a friend's cabin, and returns to find Fuzzy missing and a note, signed by the Frontier Phantom, advising him to get out of the country. He returns to the cabin and also finds Evans and his daughter gone, but runs into the Frontier Phantom, who is his exact double and his long-lost twin brother. They fight, Lash wins and takes the Phantom's clothes and heads for the outlaw stronghold. There he finds Fuzzy has been made chief cook-and-bottle washer and janitor. McCord thinks there is something different about the Phantom and sends henchmen Turk and Buck to trail him. Lash gets rid of Buck, but Turk ... Written by
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WAS OUTLAW COUNTRY A REHASH OF SANTE FE SADDLEMATES
The plot of OUTLAW COUNTRY has similarities to that of SANTE FE SADDLEMATES,made by Republic four years earlier starring Sunset Carson.Both men are law officers who are assigned to infiltrate the outlaw gang but first have to prove their worthiness by beating three of the governor's best men. In this respect, Sunset does a much better job than Lash in tromping the competition. Lash is looking for counterfeiters and Sunset is looking for diamond smugglers. Both join the respective gangs: Sunset taking the alias of a known outlaw who finally shows up to challenge his title. Lash meets his outlaw twin brother, the Frontier Phantom (who uses a shotgun and wears an ammunition vest. Lash convinces his brother to switch sides and help him. Lash and his brother change clothes to deceive the outlaws and in the final gun battle, the Frontier Phantom redeems himself and is allowed to go free. Footage from OUTLAW COUNTRY was later used to make a new film, THE FRONTIER PHANTOM (1952). The dual role character also appeared in the LASH LARUE Fawcett comic books. While producer Ron Ormond was known for his extensive use of stock footage in the LaRue westerns, this was perhaps the first time he had ever borrowed so liberally from the plot of another studio's western.
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