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The Border Legion (1940)

Passed | | Western | 5 December 1940 (USA)
An Eastern doctor is on the run from authorities in New York. Out west he comes to the aid of friends besieged by an outlaw gang known as the border legion. In the end, he is cleared of any wrong-doing back east.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Zane Grey (based on novel by), Olive Cooper (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Dr. Stephen Kellogg, aka Steve Kells
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Honest John Whittaker
Carol Hughes ... Alice Randall
Joe Sawyer ... Jim Gulden (as Joseph Sawyer)
Maude Eburne ... Hurricane Hattie McGuire
Jay Novello ... Santos
Hal Taliaferro ... Sheriff Amos Link
Dick Wessel ... Oscar Red McGooney
Paul Porcasi ... Tony
Robert Emmett Keane ... Willets
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Storyline

Wanted by the law in New York, Dr. Steve Kells heads west and arrives in an area controlled by an outlaw gang known as the Border Legion. When the gang's boss is wounded, they kidnap Kells and force him to remove the bullet. Not allowed to leave and being a wanted man, he joins the gang. Now wanted as a gang member also, he nevertheless plans a raid that will lead the entire gang into a trap. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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HAIR-TRIGGER ACTION...SPLIT-SECOND SURPRISES! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

West of the Badlands See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

At one point Roy Rogers refers to George "Gabby" Hayes' character as "Gabby," even though his character name in this film is "Honest John Whittaker." See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Amos Link: Mr. Willets I've got first claim on Steve.
Officer Willets: He's my prisoner too.
Dr. Stephen Kellogg, aka Steve Kells: Well, there doesn't seem enough of me to go around. So if you'll both listen, I think I can send enough outlaws your way to divide up even.
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Connections

Version of The Last Round-Up (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Along Little Doggies!
Sung by Roy Rogers and The Border Legion
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Territory Terrorized
19 March 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Border Legion finds Roy Rogers in the unusual position of being both an Easterner and a fugitive. He's busted jail there, serving time for a murder he didn't commit. He's fled from Albany, New York to the wilds of Idaho Territory with his fiancé Carol Hughes in hot pursuit. Both are riding into territory terrorized by the gang called The Border Legion.

Roy's fugitive status lands him with the leader Joe Sawyer. Roy's a doctor who treats him for a gunshot wound and possible gangrene complications. That puts him in solid and he's in a position to help bring law and order to Idaho.

Gabby Hayes is in this one and he's a lovable rogue who rises from derelict to mayor of gold strike town with the lovely Maude Eburne at his side.

Some butchered editing for television makes one have to fill in the gaps. Still Roy's fans should be pleased.


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