Lon Chaney Jr in “The Last Frontier”

April 27, 2013

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For this 1932 RKO serial, Lon Chaney Jr has a secret identity.  In town, he’s the smiling if righteous newspaper editor.  On the plain, he’s The Black Ghost.  He wears all black and a little disguise.  And he has an over-the-top accent.

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Like the Durango kid would a half-dozen years later, he has a make-shift hide-out for changing on the run.

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The plot involves illegal guns, General Custer and stampeding cattle.  The Black Ghost must persist!

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Chaney is as good as he is in most stuff.  He’s an adequate cowboy hero — can convincingly throw a punch, smile at girls and kids, and ride.  He looks appropriately corny and honest in his town-folk get-up.  He looks jaunty and mysterious as the Black Ghost.

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I love a good serial.  This one is okay.  But it has it’s moments.

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And Yakima’s in it somewhere.  (I couldn’t find him.) (No, I didn’t watch all 12 episodes, running time nearly 4 hours.)

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