The Wild Frontier


59m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Outlaws are in control of the land so the town of Clayton City writes the governor for an honest marshal. That marshal is Frank Lane, who brings his son Rocky with him. They are attacked on the way to town by bandits, but Jimmy arrives in time to drive them off. In town, Marshal Lane figures that Saddles is the man behind the outlaw gang, but Saddles kills Lane before he can jail him. With no witnesses, they blame Nugget for the killing and Jimmy is gunning for him. Rocky decides to use the insurance money as bait to smoke out the outlaws and the head man.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

In the 1890s, in Clayton City, Patrick MacSween and Charles "Saddles" Barton, a saddler and gunsmith, discuss the impending arrival of the new marshal, Frank Lane. After Frank's son Jimmy rushes in to report that a gang of outlaws has just robbed him, he announces that his father and brother, Deputy Allan "Rocky" Lane, are due to arrive soon. Meanwhile, physician "Doc" Hardy, who is in cahoots with the gang, delivers the stolen money to his cohort, Sam Wheeler. On their way into Clayton City, Frank and Rocky stop their wagon to help a man who then pulls a gun on them. Rocky's horse Black Jack, who is tied to the back of the wagon, attacks the man, and Frank and Rocky escape. The next morning in town, Saddles, the secret head of the gang, berates the outlaws for the bungled attack. Later, when a man tries to pass counterfeit money to Rocky's sidekick Nugget Clark, Rocky confiscates the bills. When Jimmy sees this, he over-reacts and shoots the man, killing him. Later, Rocky decides to use the insurance money, which insurance agent Steve Lawson is in charge of, to bait the outlaws. Frank arrests Saddles, saying that the man who was shot in the saloon was carrying a gun purchased at his shop. When Frank takes the gunsmith to the jail, Saddles suddenly pushes him inside and shoots him through the door, killing him. Later, Rocky is sworn in as marshal. Jimmy, who believes that Nugget killed his father, tries to kill him, but is stopped by an outlaw named Lon Brand. During the gang's ambush of the stagecoach, Lon raises his gun to fire at the driver. Just then, Nugget, who has been taken hostage by the outlaws, kicks Lon's horse, causing him to miss the shot. After a nearby Rocky hears the shot, he catches Lon and his men by stringing a piece of rope across the trail. When Saddles sees Jimmy aiming his gun at Nugget, he shoots the gun out of his hand. Later, Lon asks Rocky and Nugget where the insurance money is kept. They then allow him to overhear them planning to hide the money inside the vault at the jail. Instead of real money, however, Rocky and Nugget put some of the confiscated counterfeit bills inside the vault. When they see the outlaws arrive in town, Nugget and Rocky hide behind some buildings. To let Rocky know where the outlaws have gone, Nugget tosses him a dirty baseball with the word "Jail" scratched on it. Once again, a vengeful Jimmy aims his gun at Nugget, but Rocky stops him from firing. After Jimmy is shot in the leg by one of the outlaws, the gang escapes, and Saddles persuades Lawson to organize a vigilante group to follow them. The outlaws then learn that the money they have stolen is counterfeit and that the real money is still inside the jail. Later, when Nugget sends him a note instructing him to go to Willow Valley to retrieve the money, Rocky suspects a trap. At Willow Valley, Rocky sees Saddles escaping in a covered wagon, so he jumps aboard and instigates a fight. After Saddles is apprehended, Nugget and Rocky say goodbye to Jimmy and continue on their way.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Modern sources include Bob Burns, Art Dillard, Silver Harr and Bud McClure in the cast.