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.
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
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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 »
Honest John Whittaker:
And another thing - all horses must be kept off the sidewalks. And last and most important, saloons is to be kept closed between five and six in the morning. You got to sweep 'em out sometime!
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In the 1950s, Roy Rogers' films were often trimmed in order to fit TV time slots. That's why so many of his movies are now about 53 minutes. In the case of "The Border Legion", while it has been trimmed, fortunately only five minutes is missing--far better than most of the Rogers films. Heck, one I just saw had 24 minutes trimmed by some idiot editor!
The film is a little unusual in that although Gabby Hayes is in this one, he isn't exactly Roy's sidekick and spends most of the film acting without Roy. Additionally, Roy is a wanted man when the film begins--a bit of an unusual situation! When the film begins, you learn that a young doctor (Rogers) is on the run from back East. What exactly he did or who he is covering for, the viewer has no idea. However, through some unusual circumstances, he's able to infiltrate the Border Legion--a group of criminals that have been plaguing the West. But, since the Doc is a good guy at heart, he agrees to help the Sheriff--provided the Sheriff trusts him to do a bit of undercover work. In addition to Roy and Gabby, Joe Sawyer plays a baddie and Maude Eburne plays the wonderfully crusty Hurricane Hattie. While the ending is just too perfect to be believed, it does move along well and is entertaining.
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