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The Last Frontier (1932)

A frontier newspaper editor Kirby battles outlaw Tiger Morris who is causing indian uprisings to drive away settlers so that he will can claim a gold deposit as his own. With the help of ... See full summary »


Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Gordon Bennett), Thomas Storey (as Thomas L. Storey)


George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton), Robert F. Hill (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Tom Kirby, aka The Black Ghost (as Creighton Chaney)
Dorothy Gulliver ... Betty Halliday
Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Jeff Maitland
William Desmond ... General Custer (Ch. 1)
Joe Bonomo Joe Bonomo ... Henchman Joe
Pete Morrison ... Henchman Hank (as Peter Morrison)
LeRoy Mason ... Buck
Yakima Canutt ... Wild Bill (Ch's. 1 & 2) (as Yakina Canutt)
Mary Jo Desmond Mary Jo Desmond ... Aggie Kirby (as Mary Joe Desmond)
Slim Cole Slim Cole ... Uncle Happy (as King Cole)
Richard Neill ... Lige Morris
Judith Barrie ... Rose Maitland
Claude Payton Claude Payton ... Colonel Halliday
Ben Corbett ... Henchman Bad Ben (Ch's. 1 & 6) (as Benny Corbett)
Frank Lackteen ... Chief Pawnee Blood (as Frank Lachteen)


A frontier newspaper editor Kirby battles outlaw Tiger Morris who is causing indian uprisings to drive away settlers so that he will can claim a gold deposit as his own. With the help of General Custer, right wins out. Presented in serial form in 12 episodes. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Joe Bonomo's character is the henchman named Joe but he is listed in the credits as playing Kit Gordon. See more »

Crazy Credits

The movie displays under credits "Yakina" Canutt as playing Buffalo Bill. This was a typo as Yakima never used the first name Yakina in his movie credits. See more »


Edited into The Black Ghost (1932) See more »

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If you love stock footage and wanna be Soviet montage.....
12 March 2006 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Lige Morris is trying to start a range war between settlers and Indians in order to cash in on local gold claims (how original) and does so by using respectable townsman Jeff Maitland as his henchmen. Maitland tries to smuggle rifles to the Indians, but is thwarted by appearances by the Black Ghost, masked vigilante. The Black Ghost is in reality Tom Kirby, editor of the local paper. Helping Tom/Black Ghost is Betty Halliday, daughter of a calvary colonel, and Rose Maitland, Jeff's wife who is trying to keep their marriage a secret. The serial takes all 12 chapters and is still unable to establish much in the way of story and action. The cast is willing, but all of the performances come off as uninspired and listless. The editing here has more cuts at times than the Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potempkin, which here is probably meant to create suspense, but just blurs the eyes of the audience. Characters such as Custer, Col. Halliday, and others are listed high in the credits, but are just in the beginning and that's it. The serial obviously was only distributed by RKO, and it may have been a lot better if they took more of a hand in this. Rating, based on serials, 2.5

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Release Date:

5 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den maskerade mannen See more »

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Van Beuren Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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