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Son of the Border (1933)

Passed  |   |  Romance, Western  |  5 May 1933 (USA)
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Tom Owens, forced to shoot his outlaw friend, wants to make it up to the man's kid brother...but the dead man's girl has other ideas.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Keene ...
Tom Owens
Julie Haydon ...
Doris
Edgar Kennedy ...
Windy
David Durand ...
Frankie Breen
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Jack Breen (as Creighton Chaney)
Al Bridge ...
Tupper
Charles King ...
Henchey
Claudia Coleman ...
Sadie
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Rancher Tom Owens, trying to learn the secret identity of an outlaw leader, is shocked to find that his friend Jack Breen is a member of the gang. Advised to get out of town, Jack participates in a bank robbery for travel money, and Tom is forced to shoot him, thus making an enemy of Jack's lovely girlfriend Doris. Soon, Jack's young, orphan brother Frankie arrives in town; while Tom and Doris vie for his friendship, the outlaw gang is hoping to make up for lost time... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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That Wildcat TOM KEENE in a roaring drama of the fighting West! (original poster) See more »

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Romance | Western

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5 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingadora da Fronteira  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Doris: What makes you think Tom took the stage?
Tupper: Well, I sold him a one-way ticket to Phoenix.
Doris: Only one?
Tupper: He's not so important that he takes two tickets to haul him.
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RED RIVER VALLEY
Folk song
Sung by "outlaw gang members"
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Unusual plot twist for 'B' western that goes nowhere ,but entertains
12 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise of the plot starts out with great potential . Tom Owens ( Tom Keene ) tries to get his friend Jack Breen ( Creighton Chaney ,Jr. ) to leave town as Tom knows he is tied up with the crooks. Their deep friendship allows for Tom to sacrifice his sense of right for his friend to leave and make a new start . But just one last job is the order of the day . In the chase , it is Keene who kills his friend .

Breen's brother comes to town looking for answers . Being a teenager with no family and ridden by guilt , Keene takes him in . He wants the best for him . But Doris , Breen's girl friend also has an interest in the boy. He reminds her of Jack and he is Jack's brother .

After Keene shot Breen , Doris made a threat , " One day , I will hurt you like you hurt me ". Here is where the tension could have been exploited through the remainder of the film . I realize that time was a limit in these 'B' films but a few scenes could have done the trick . Instead this choice angle just dangles . What a dimension this could have been if properly handled .

It is interesting that there is little doubt about Doris' profession . That is not your usual 'B' ploy . Usually the female lead is working at the saloon as an undercover agent or was forced to by an uncle , etc. Then at the end , Keene announces that they will raise the boy together . Wow ! This was an adult theme and not for the little shavers .

This is what I like about early 'B' westerns, the Indies of this period and even the silents . They took chances with plots . They never fit the cookie cutter mold with their stories even when they flopped badly . Here is a plot you never saw in 'B' westerns and I have seen a ton . Just the story line alone is worth a look at this film .

I like Keene's early work especially his RKO work . His laugh was intolerable , but he had a charisma . The RKO's have the look of the Hoppy Paramounts . There is some real depth to the photography . The exteriors are sublime in their presentation almost like Star Wars or a John Ford . The story lines are above average and not the mundane . So this was an above average series .

Creighton Chaney Jr. just never had that spark on screen that marks a star . Without the Wolfman , he would be remembered as a good character actor .

Edgar Kennedy had some redeeming features as a sidekick . He didn't seem real comfortable in this role . You get the feeling he woke up with a burr under his saddle . There was no real chemistry between him and Keene . Durand definitely needed some more acting lessons and experience .

There is very little action until the end , but it was enough to qualify as a western . If you're only familiar with Keene's Monogram work , this film and other RKOs will give you a whole new perspective of him and his persona. Worth viewing ( at least once ).


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