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Frontier Justice (1935)

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 »


Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)


George B. Rodney (novel) (as Colonel George B. Rodney), Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Hoot Gibson ... Brent Halston
Jane Barnes ... Ethel Gordon
Richard Cramer ... Gilbert Ware
Roger Williams ... James Wilton
John Elliott ... Ben Livesay
Franklyn Farnum ... Lawyer George Lessin
Lloyd Ingraham ... Dr. Close
Joseph W. Girard ... Samuel Halston (as Joseph Girard)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Snowflake (as Snowflake)
George Yeoman 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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Release Date:

1 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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1.37 : 1
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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). In Syracuse it first aired Sunday 5 June 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Detroit Tuesday 9 August 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 14 December 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7). 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 »


The Old Chisholm Trail
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Hoot's "Frontier Justice" is Less than his Best
13 September 2019 | by glennstenbSee all my reviews

It is as if the gang at the studio had an obligation to put one more film on the shelf before the year closed, so "Frontier Justice" was hurriedly shot and thrown together. It seems even that dialog was developed without a crafted story and the spoken lines handed out to the actors to utter as best they could. That the hero returns to town after a long time away with a penchant for practical jokes gives the program a little something different to hang its hat on, but in general nothing much happens that western fans can't see clearly coming. As usual, Hoot Gibson is involved in little gun play or fisticuffs, relying instead on his wits, cleverness, and his way with horses to advance his heroics.

We have a leading lady played by Jane Barnes who looks totally out of place in this World War I-era wild west world. There were two memorable things for me in this film: first was the frequent sounds of cattle and sheep vocalizing, which after a while can get a little irksome. Second, by way of contrast, there was the pleasantly surprising orchestral appearance of the song "La Golondrina" as a backdrop to Hoot coming unexpectedly across the girl in the forest idyll. Was the music backdrop planned before the shoot or was it an inspired drape-over later?

Unfortunately, however, this is not a Hoot Gibson movie to recommend. He made others in the mid 1930s that were much more interesting and enjoyable, so if one is in need of a rich 1930s B-western experience, one might consider moving along to another.

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