Tex Weaver is working under cover to bring in a gang of bank robbers. When he is killed, Tim Ross, a marksman with Doc Shaw's traveling show, takes over. Posing as a Mexican he lays a trap for the gang.
Tim Ross, formerly an agent for the Justice Department, is traveling with the Doc Shaw medicine show as a sharpshooter. He runs into an old friend, Tex Weaver, who is working undercover to roundup a bank-robbing band. Later, while Tex is holding a coin for Tim to shoot out of his hand at a show exhibition, another shot is fired from the outer circle of spectators at the same time as Tim fires. Tex falls dead. Everybody, but Tim and saloon girl Goldie Harris, Tex's girlfriend, is convinced that Tim misfired and hit his friend. Goldie has picked up the coin Tex was holding and knows Tim did not miss his intended target. Tim rejoins the federal service and swears vengeance on the real killer, Runniyon, a member of the gang. Disguised as a Mexican caballero (with an added mustache and a large sombrero and a larger accent),Tim goes to Clearwater, where he meets Goldie, who sees through his disguise and agrees to help him find the killer of her lover. Tim's investigations convince him that ... Written by
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Border Caballero finds Tim McCoy as a former FBI man in the modern west out on the range where he hooks up with Earl Hodgins Medicine Show as a trick shot artist. He meets up with his former colleague Ralph Byrd who is on the trail of counterfeiters. When Byrd is killed by the gang and McCoy framed, McCoy takes up where Byrd left off in an effort to trap the gang and find out who the brains is behind it.
Unfortunately we're told right away who the culprit is, but that doesn't stand in the way of Border Caballero being a pretty good B western. I have to call attention to two outstanding performances. The first is Lois January who plays a saloon girl named Goldie with a far more urban twist to her performance and a far more realistic one than you would find in a B western for the Saturday afternoon matinée crowd.
The second is one of my favorite character actors Earl Hodgins who occasionally got into a major film, but who graced many a B western with some outrageous characterizations. I love watching him here as the medicine show man who is one congenial fraud, but a good guy nonetheless.
Try to see Border Caballero if broadcast.
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