The Lawless Nineties
is a 1936 American
B western film
directed by Joseph Kane
. The 55 minute film starred John Wayne
, and Lane Chandler
as federal agents in Wyoming
. The film also starred a 19-year old and Ann Rutherford
Set in the 1890s, Undercover federal agents John Tipton
) and Bridger
) heads for Crockett City Wyoming
to supervise the vote on whether to join the Union. One group of local outlaws organized by Charles Plummer
)are using dynamite
to terrorize the populace and ensure that the vote fails. In the chaos Tipton and Bridger are separated and Tipton befriends a trio of settlers harassed by outlaws. They are Major Carter
), his daughter Janet
) and their servant Moses
Carter had recently become the new editor and publisher of the local newspaper the Crockett City Blade, and when he announces plans to use the power of the press to fight lawlessness and aid the statehood cause, he is threatened by villain Charles Plummer and subsequently shot and murdered by one of his men in a staged fight.
When Plummer's henchmen eventually kill Bridger, after learning of his status as a government agent, Tipton fights on. He sends fake telegrams that trap some of Plummer's men. Then he organizes the ranchers and on election day they descend on the town barricaded by Plummer's gang and defeated the gang leader and his henchmen.
On the day of the election the villains actually initially stop the homesteaders from voting but Tipton leads in a bunch of agents and ranchers to crush the outlaws. It results in all the baddies brought to justice, Wyoming becoming a state and Wayne gets the pretty girl Ann Rutherford.
The film premiered on 15 February 1936
. The film, although based in Wyoming
, was filmed at the Trem Carr Ranch in Newhall, California