The Last Frontier (1932)
The Last Frontier
Adventure / Serial / Western
Directed by Gordon Spencer Bennet and Thomas Storey
Cast: Lon Chaney Jr. as Tom Kirby (The Black Ghost)
Dorothy Gulliver as Betty Halliday
Ralph Bushman as Jeff Maitland
William Desmond as General George Custer
Joe Bonomo as Joe, one of Morris’ henchmen
Pete Morrison as Hand, one of Morris’ henchmen
LeRoy Mason as Buck, Morris’ chief henchman
Yakima Canutt as Wild Bill Hickok
Mary Jo Desmond as Aggie Kirby
Slim Cole as Uncle Happy
Richard Neill as Leige 'Tiger' Morris, outlaw
Judith Barrie as Rose Maitland
Claude Payton as Colonel Halliday
Ben Corbett as Bad Ben, one of Morris’ henchmen
Frank Lackteen as Chief Pawnee Blood
Fritzi Fern as Marian
The Last Frontier is a twelve chapter serial distributed by RKO Radio Pictures in 1932. It was independently produced, and is the only serial distributed by RKO.
The hero of the story is The Black Ghost, a Zorro-like character, played by Lon Chaney, Jr. Tom Kirby is a frontier newspaper editor and when he discovers an outlaw’s lpot to cause Indian uprisings, he dons the disguise of The Black Ghost and then sets out to stop Morris’ plan. Assisting Tom is Betty Halliday, daughter of a cavalry colonel, and Rose Maitland, Jeff’s wife.
Kirby battles the bad guy, Leige Morris, who is attempting to start a war between the settlers and the area Indians so that he can take over local gold claims. He uses respectable townsman Jeff Maitland and others as his henchmen. Maitland attempts to smuggle rifles to the Indians, but his effort is thwarted when The Black Ghost appears.
Eventually enlisting the help of General Custer, Morris’ scheme is stopped, and the good guys prevail.
Chapters: Chapter 1 - The Black Ghost Rides
Chapter 2 - The Thundering Herd
Chapter 3 - The Black Ghost Strikes
Chapter 4 - The Fatal Shot
Chapter 5 - The Clutching Sands
Chapter 6 - The Terror Trail
Chapter 7 - Doomed
Chapter 8 - Facing Death
Chapter 9 - Thundering Doom
Chapter 10 - The Lifeline
Chapter 11 - Driving Danger
Chapter 12 - The Black Ghost's Last Ride
Actors: Yakima Canutt, Lon Chaney Jr.