The New Frontier (1935)

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    • The New Frontier (1935)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


      Plot Summary
      Pioneers are surging westward to the Cherokee Strip,
      eager to conquer a new frontier, while wagonmasters Milt Dawson (Sam Flint)
      and his son, John (John Wayne) watch with interest.
      The latter is not ready to try his hand at homesteading and prefers
      to leading outfits safely to their destination.
      While John is leading the Miller-Myers party of settlers,
      Milt returns to a nearby town to witness the dubious advantgaes of civilization.
      Some of the pioneers he helped bring west, like Parson Shaw (Allan Cavan)
      and Tom Lewis (Murdock MacQuarrie), are struggling to bring religion
      and an honest work ethic to the territory, while others, l
      ike saloon proprietor Ace Holmes (Warner Richmond),
      open the town to murder and corruption.
      The honest citizens ask Milt to become the town's first sheriff.
      He declines but when a citizen is murdered, Milt confronts Holmes
      and is shot down in cold blood. John has brought the latest group
      of settlers through, averting a battle with a hungry gang of outlaws
      by befriending the leader, Kit (Alan Bridge),and leaving behind
      some food and supplies.
      John is eager to see Hannah Lewis (Muriel Evans), daughter of Tom,
      but his homecoming is ruined by the news of his father's death.
      John takes the sheriff's job and Holmes, intent on controlling the town,
      hires a gang of cutthroats led by Norton (Glenn Strange.)
      John escapes a Norton-gang ambush and faces Holmes in a showdown,
      but is struck down from behind. Kit and his now well-fed gang rescues John.
      John deputizes Kit and his men and they confront Holmes and his saloon
      henchies and a gun battle begins, with Johh, Kit and the outlaw deputies
      taking cover in the drainage ditches being dug in the main street.
      Lewis sets fire to Ace's saloon in the hope of smoking out the bar henchies
      but Norton and his gang ride in and set other buildings ablaze as the gunfight rages.
      Kit is killed while saving John's life and the lawful factor finally win the battle
      against the lawless proponents.
      Summary written by Les Adams

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... John Dawson
      Muriel Evans .... Hanna Lewis
      Warner Richmond .... Ace Holmes
      Al Bridge .... Kit (as Alan Bridge)
      Sam Flint .... Milt Dawson
      Murdock MacQuarrie .... Tom Lewis
      Allan Cavan .... Minister Shaw
      Mary MacLaren .... Mrs. Shaw
      Hooper Atchley .... Joe
      Theodore Lorch .... Joe (as Theodore Loren)
      Glenn Strange .... Norton
      Philip Kieffer .... Settler (as Phil Keefer)
      Frank Ball .... Ted
      Jack Montgomery .... Smokey
      Chuck Baldra .... Outlaw deputy (uncredited)
      Art Dillard .... Barfly (uncredited)
      Earl Dwire .... Pat Miller (uncredited)
      Herman Hack .... Outlaw deputy (uncredited)
      Pat Harmon .... Henchman (uncredited)
      John Ince .... Myers (uncredited)
      Jack Kirk .... Outlaw deputy (uncredited)
      Cactus Mack .... Tex (uncredited)
      Perry Murdock .... Henry (uncredited)
      Eddie Parker .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Fred Parker .... Phil (uncredited)
      Tex Phelps .... Outlaw deputy (uncredited)
      James Sheridan .... (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Robert Emmett Tansey (as Robert Emmett)

      Harry Neumann
      Gus Peterson

      Yakima Canutt .... stunt double (uncredited)
      Eddie Parker .... stunt double (uncredited)

      Errors in geography: The scenes set in Kansas feature snow-capped mountains,
      of which Kansas has none.

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Kernville, California, USA
      Trem Carr Ranch, Newhall, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The New Frontier is a 1935 American Western film starring John Wayne.

      Duke as John Dawson, pursues an outlaw leader,
      in this oater.

      Variety quoted
      Duke as having,
      A good voice...nice personality.

      I do hope they didn't mean is singing Voice!!!!!

      The stories, were stronger, and were getting better production values,
      Republic were now increasing their profits.

      User Review
      Author: spirit11 from Washington DC. From IMDb
      John Wayne stars as trail guide turned sheriff out to bring law and order to a small town.
      The local troublemaker in the town has shot Wayne's father in the back, establishing Wayne's motivation to take the job of sheriff.
      The film is short -- 54 minutes -- and has an average story line.
      There are no surprises here, and the acting...well, the acting is wooden in most cases, even Wayne.
      Of course, all he had to do was play himself.
      The one exception is Al Bridge, who plays the head of a gang of thieves who was once nursed back to health by Wayne
      and so feels that he owes him a debt -- even if it goes against his lawless nature.
      Bridge plays the part well, even a little tongue-in-cheek, seeming to be smirking just below the surface in every scene.
      As stated, the story line is predictable so there is no standout here either.
      The one thing that did impress me was the filming of the obligatory "big shootout" that ends the film.
      It is several minutes long -- between 10 and 15 minutes -- and is shot at night. In the course of the shootout the saloon
      is set on fire which quickly jumps to several more buildings.
      Early films were not known for the quality of night photography, so to see how well this fire was depicted in the film,
      the quality of the scenes, the staging -- everything was done well in my opinion.
      Cinematographers Harry Neumann and Gus Peterson did an excellent job of shooting this finale.
      If you are a film buff, you'll want to check out the film simply for this alone.
      Others might want to watch one of Wayne's earlier work. Otherwise, the film is an average western.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: The New Frontier (1935)

      Here are some posters for this film, all different than the one Keith shared above.

      They are from 1935, 1939, and 1953.
    • Re: The New Frontier (1935)

      Gorch wrote:

      Me too. Never seen this one! Where on earth did you two find these wonderful lobby cards and stills?

      We deal in lead, friend.

      I have it on a very ropey DVD copy along with the other mesquiteers titles and the universal films idols of the crowds, I cover the war, California straight ahead etc.
      Can't wait to see if it looks as good as the other releases so far!
      "Pour yourself some backbone and shut up!"

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