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Lawless Frontier (1934)

Lawless Frontier (1934)

Lawless Frontier





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Earl Dwire supplies a deliciously ripe performance as a half-breed outlaw in this early John Wayne Western from Monogram. After killing John's father, Zanti (Dwire) attempts to abduct pretty Ruby (Sheila Terry), but the girl is saved in the nick of time by John. Unfortunately, the bumbling sheriff (Jack Rockwell) not only mistakes John for one of Zanti's outlaws, but also accuses him of killing Ruby's grandfather, Dusty (George Hayes). The latter, however, is still very much alive and John tracks Zanti into the desert where the outlaw perishes after drinking poisoned water. With the boss villain dead, John goes after the entire gang who is eventually trapped in Dusty's mine.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Robert N. Bradbury
In Theaters:
American Pop Classics


John Wayne
as John Tobin
Earl Dwire
as Pandro Zanti/Don Yor...
Lloyd Whitlock
as Background Townsman
Artie Ortego
as Henchman
Buffalo Bill Jr.
as 2nd Zanti Henchman
Herman Hack
as Henchman
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Victor Mature was never more mature as an actor.

Full Review… | January 30, 2006
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Don't drink poison.

Zanti is an outlaw with many men that has killed John Tobin's parents and destroyed Dusty's town. John and Dustin come across each other and join forces to hunt Zanti down. They eventually kidnap him and hand him over to the authorities; unfortunately, he escapes. The two men hunt down Zanti again in what can only end in an epic gun battle.

"Better take charge of him, sheriff, before I cheat the law."

Robert N. Bradbury, director of Blue Steel, The Star Packer, Riders of Destiny, The Lucky Texan, Where Trails Divide, Stars over Arizona, and Trail of Terror, delivers The Lawless Frontier. The storyline for this picture is fairly cliché, very straightforward, with "as you'd expect" characters for the genre. The acting was average and the cast includes John Wayne, Sheila Terry, George Hayes, Jack Rockwell, and Yakima Canutt.

"Them renegades are after my girl. I appreciate the help."

This was recommended to me by Verizon Fios so I DVR'd this classic western. Wayne was a bit raw and awkward at times in this film and the script was fairly clumsy. The overall movie was just okay and only worth viewing to diehard fans of the genre.

"He likes to work alone."

Grade: C

Kevin Robbins

This early John Wayne Western has some pop that the others I've seen do not. The story is more than just a sketch and the acting is noticeably better. Good fight scenes and more realistic chase scenes make this one more to my liking.

Unremarkable 'B' Western. John Wayne is out to kill a half apache outlaw who kidnaps a girl the Duke has the hots for. It's a watchable adventure, but there's very little to distance itself from other 'B' pictures that Wayne made in the 30's. It does have some nice shots of the waterfall hideout, and the secret tunnel behind the bookcase. Only viewable for Wayne nuts.

Zack B.
Zack Butson

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