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The Frontier Phantom (1952)

In the finale of the Lash LaRue series, Lash is arrested. Suspected of being the Frontier Phantom, he tries to prove his true identity by telling the Sheriff the story of his twin brother, ... See full summary »

Director:

Ron Ormond

Writers:

June Carr (story and screenplay), Maurice Tombragel (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lash La Rue ... Marshal Lash La Rue / The Frontier Phantom
Al St. John ... Fuzzy Q. Jones (as Fuzzy St.John)
Archie Twitchell ... Sheriff
Virginia Herrick Virginia Herrick ... Susan
Kenne Duncan ... Sam Mantell (as Kenne Duncun)
Sandy Sanders ... Mantell Henchman
Clarke Stevens Clarke Stevens ... Deputy Lee
Cliff Taylor Cliff Taylor ... Sparky - Telegrapher
Bud Osborne ... Deputy Matt
Buck Garrett Buck Garrett ... Mantell henchman
Jack O'Shea ... Prisoner
George Chesebro ... Cy - Bartender (as George Cheesboro)
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In the finale of the Lash LaRue series, Lash is arrested. Suspected of being the Frontier Phantom, he tries to prove his true identity by telling the Sheriff the story of his twin brother, the Phantom. His sidekick as always is Fuzzy Q. Jones as St.John ends his 40 year movie career. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The Shadow Of Doubt... Twin Brother Phantom Or Marshal Of The Lash

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Todespeitsche See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A flashback sequence contains extensive footage from Outlaw Country (1949). See more »

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The Last of the Lash
31 March 2012 | by DLewisSee all my reviews

"The Frontier Phantom" is notable as the final film in Al St. John's canon of 350 or more films that began in 1913 at Keystone, as well as the final film in the regular Lash La Rue western series. One might have wished for a finer farewell for these fellows, but the 1952 material is merely an extended framing sequence for long inserts drawn from the 1949 feature "Outlaw Country." Ironically, the 1952 footage is a little more polished than that of 1949 and has the pacing and style of television. Shortly after this, Ron Ormond created a TV show for Lash La Rue called "Lash of the West" that used a similar format; Lash telling a story about a relative that is illustrated in sequences drawn from preexisting pictures. In the cheater segments, Lash and Al turn in their usual, professional performances and Virginia Herrick puts in a plucky performance as the girl bringing food to the jail where all of the main characters are holed up for awhile waiting for the bad guys. It's mildly entertaining, and certainly not at the level of a great Lash-Fuzzy western as "King of the Bullwhip (1950)." But for fans there is a certain sentimental value in seeing these great B-western characters play out their last parts; while the B-western was still kicking in 1952, it wouldn't be for long. The popularity of drive-ins -- which favored a different kind of B-level entertainment -- drove the B-western onto television briefly, and was then made obsolete by the advent of shows like "Gunsmoke." So this one's mainly for the die-hards, but a well-informed die-hard should thoroughly enjoy this for at least one play.


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