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Border Law (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  15 October 1931 (USA)
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When Shag Smith kills Jim's brother Bob, Jim and Thunder quit the rangers so they can cross the border and join Smith's gang. Jim's plan is to get the gang to cross back over the border where the rangers will be waiting.



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Houston - Texas Ranger
Lupita Tovar ...
Jim Mason ...
Shag Smith (as James Mason)
Frank Rice ...
Thunder Rogers - Texas Ranger
Don Chapman ...
Bob Houston - Texas Ranger
Lou Hicks ...
Henchman Dave (as Louis Hickus)
F.R. Smith ...
John Wallace ...
'Pegleg' Barnes


Jim Houston (Buck Jones)resigns from the Texas Rangers so he can cross the border into Mexico and devote all his time to the capture of Shag Smith (Jim Mason) and his bandit gang who have murdered Jim's young brother, Bob (Don Chapman.) Using the alias of the Pecos Kid, a bandit he recently captured, Jim crosses the border with his pal, "Thunder" Rogers (Frank Rice and finds Smith and his gang at a cantina. Smith thinks about inviting Jim/The Pecos Kid with joining his gang but is persuaded not to by his henchman, Dave, (Lou Hicks), who hates Jim because of the latter's success with Tonita ( Lupita Tovar), the cantina dancer. Jim plots to get Smith and his gang to cross the border into Texas in order to arrest them. Written by Les Adams <>

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gang | ranger | texas | brother | henchman | See more »


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Release Date:

15 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lei da Fronteira  »

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| (Sony Pictures Television print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


[Thunder accidentally flips a flapjack into the campfire]
Jim Houston, Texas Ranger: Tastes better if you catch 'em.
Thunder Rogers, Texas Ranger: Son, I've made seven million of these flapjacks and that ain't happened to but nine of 'em.
Jim Houston, Texas Ranger: What of it?
Thunder Rogers, Texas Ranger: Bad luck, that's what. Whenever I miss a flapjack it means trouble - and plenty of it!
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Remade as Law of the Texan (1938) See more »


Adios Amigo
Composer unknown
Sung by Lupita Tovar
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In the time of "Brokeback Mountain" it is fun to look back over past epics of Western Machoness with undercurrents of gay subtext. Ultra manly, muscular, and handsome Jones is particularly fascinating now....given his slightly overstated wardrobe (big hats for a big man?)and seeming inability to ever fully button any of his shirts (or refrain from getting bare chested at least once a feature).

Add in his butt slapping horseplay with the young actor playing his younger brother (complete with wrestling around with him when the kid is in only his underwear in the opening scene)and the bar brawl scene where Jones is taunted to "Strip Down and Go At It" (!) by the chief baddie who succeeds in getting our hero to undress and roll around the dirty floor with a particularly hunky if nasty junior bad guy....and the subtext is much more genuine than Jones' ever so stiff and courtly flirting with Lopita Tovar...

Purists will scoff....but there is no denying the overtones that were probably innocent then...but seem pretty overt now.

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