Oklahoma Frontier
Universal Pictures 

Written and Directed by Ford Beebe

A Albert Ray Production


Released December 6, 1939

     Cowboy-and-cutthroat drama with some tin-pan-alley flavor for relief.  Story's about the pioneering days, when the wheat fields of Kansas and the forests of Oklahoma were virgin territory for settler and plunderer alike.  Pictorially exciting, locations looking authentic, heavily loaded with action and with some appropriate romance; and suspense.

     The race of settler wagons for staking of claims when the Government opens Oklahoma to homesteaders has been admirably handled.  Story concerns the efforts of a group with hired trigger-men, to stake out a designated claim before others who are rightly entitled to it have been able to file.

     Johnny Mack Brown plays the former U.S. Marshal who upsets this plan, meantime getting romantically involved with Anne Gwynne.  She tops the average plains heroine, and Bob Baker plays the girl's brother who's removed early in the proceedings.  Fuzzy Knight attends to the comedy relief effectively aided by lessers.  Menace provided by James Blaine and Robert Kortman.


 

Cast:

Johnny Mack Brown

Anne Gwynne ... Janet Rankin

Bob Baker

Fuzzy Night

James Blaine

Robert Kortman

Production:

Ford Beebe- Writer & Director

Albert Ray- Producer

Jeromoe Ash- Cinematographer

Full Storyline

After being forced to shoot a rebellious cowboy friend in the line of duty, Jeff McLeod turns in his badge as U.S. Marshal. With his close friend, Windy Day, he starts for the famed Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma to join in the great land rush. Arriving at a small cow town where hundreds of settlers are swarming in a race for claims in the newly opened territory, Jeff meets Tom Rankin and his sister Janet (Anne Gwynne), whom he has known since childhood.

Jeff learns that their father has lost his ranch and agrees to help Tom and Janet stake out a new claim in section two, which their father has told them controls water rights to a large section of the plain. At a saloon that night, Jeff meets George Frazier and his henchman, J. W. Saunders, a pair of claim jumpers seeking the same tract of land as Tom and Janet. After Jeff refuses Frazier's bribe to reveal the location of the land, Frazier's men corner him and force him to draw the shortest route to the claim, but the map is fake and Jeff escapes.

Visiting Tom at his wagon camp that evening, Jeff draws a real map and gives it to Tom. As Jeff prepares to leave the camp, Saunders kills Tom, steals the map and accuses Jeff of Tom's murder. On the strength of Saunders' accusation, Jeff is jailed and sentenced to hang for murder. With her brother dead, Janet is determined to file on the land. Learning that she must be married in order to file a claim, she brazenly marries Jeff in jail, but when he learns her motives, he pushes her away in disgust.

Afterward, Windy convinces Janet of Jeff's innocence and together they plan his escape. On the morning of the land rush, Windy shouts that the rush is already under way, and as Janet races her wagon down the street, Jeff breaks away from his captors and leaps into the wagon. Jeff and Windy make the claim, and after staking it out in Janet's name, they capture Saunders' henchmen, who have followed them. They then return to town where Frazier is about to file his phony claim when Jeff retrieves his map and proves that Saunders killed Tom. After Frazier and Saunders are taken in to custody, Janet and Jeff prepare to file their claim together.

 

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