Rough Riders: Below the Border
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Under director Howard P. Bretherton, producer Scott R. Dunlap, original story by Jess Bowers ...the cast include Buck Jones (Marshal Buck Roberts), Tim McCoy (Marshal Tim McCall), Raymond Hatton (Sandy Hopkins), Linda Brent (Rosita Garcia), Charles King (Steve Slade, aka Blackie Johnson), Roy Barcroft (Ed Scully), Bud Osborne (Bill/henchman), Eva Puig (Aunt Maria), Dennis Moore (Joe Collins), Reed Howes (Max/henchman), Kermit Maynard (Jeff/henchman), Jack Rockwell (Sheriff J.B. Lawler), Silver (Buck Jones, wonder horse). . . . . . . . .Read more ›
The film begins with a stagecoach drawn by four horses going through the hills. There is danger in this country. The Sheriff tacks Wanted posters in the stores. Five robbers chase the stagecoach, firing many shots until the guard and driver are shot. Is the stranger a coward? There is drama in the tavern. A cattle buyer from Kansas watches a man mop the floor. The Sheriff sends out men to trail the robbers. Is it healthy to have too good a memory there? Did someone tip off the robbers that valuable jewels were carried by Miss Garcia? We learn the robbers work for Scully, the tavern owner. We learn who is their contact at the Garcia ranch. "The Rough Riders" begin their undercover investigation.
"John Robbins" has a reputation. "Don't tax your brain." "Robbins" can fence those stolen jewels. McCall looks at cattle at the Garcia ranch. Joe Collins is on edge; somebody shoots him. He tells McCall that Slade killed Marshal Gordon. The robbers steal cattle from the Porter ranch. The Sheriff rounds up the boys to chase the rustlers. But Slade knew the real Robbins and knows this one is an imposter! The gang has to work fast. Slade snoops around the Sheriff's office. Buck Roberts chews gum, then meets Slade for a confrontation. There will be no more trouble from Slade. Tim trails the gang to their hideout. They pursue the gang, firing shots. Buck captures Scully and recovers the jewels. Tim and Sandy capture the rest of the gang. There is a happy ending. "The Rough Riders" will separate to their home states and their personal business. Until they ride again.
This is another classic western that is part morality play and a detective story. A ranch owner is threatened by robbers and rustlers. Acquiring property has its costs. The tavern owner is the secret mastermind of the robber gang (a possible legacy of Prohibition?).
I played the ALPHA dvd on my pc and it appeared somewhat soft, but when I minimized the image it really looked pretty good with good contrast. Not too many splices and/or glitches, which is good. I can recommend this version to fans. The price is right and the entertainment value here can't be beat, even by the ROUGH RIDERS!!!
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Great old movie of Buck Jones and the Rough Riders. I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone interested in old-time movies.Published on January 2, 2014 by Alta Miller
I have all the Rough Riders movies and find them a pleasure to watch and they hold pride of place in my dvd cabinetPublished on December 27, 2009 by Judith A. Brett
Reel Entertainment and Monogram Pictures present "BELOW THE BORDER" (1942) (digitally remastered), although The Rough Riders had a short run, they turned out some of the best... Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by J. Lovins