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The Lawless Frontier (1934)

Mexican outlaw Zanti killed John Tobin's parents. John teams up with Dusty, also hurt by Zanti, to get the bad guy.

Director:

Robert N. Bradbury (as R.N. Bradbury)

Writer:

Robert N. Bradbury (story and screen play) (as R.N. Bradbury)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Tobin is after the bandit Zanti who killed his parents. He finds him just as Zanti is about to kill Dusty and kidnap Ruby. Saving the two, he goes after Zanti. He catches him but Zanti escapes the Sheriff's handcuff's and this time Tobin has to chase him into the desert. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Taglines:

"We'll Shoot It Out Now-Hombre! DRAW Before I Drill You! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lawless Frontier See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene, just before Ruby's horse goes down, a highway bridge is visible in the distance between the trees. See more »

Quotes

The Sheriff: To Zanti after he shackles him to a bed frame: Reckon that'll hold ya.
John Tobin: I'm not so sure.
The Sheriff: This is my business. I ain't never lost a prisoner yet.
Dusty: Heh... You never had one to lose.
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD is missing 5 secs of a horse being ridden off a cliff into a river. See more »

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User Reviews

Hayes to Wayne, "I got a girl in the sack, and I can't swim."
23 May 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

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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