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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Roy Rogers (as Dr. Steve Kells) is a wrongly accused fugitive from justice. On his way out west, he meets up with another fugitive, George "Gabby" Hayes (as "Honest" John Whittaker); together, they take up residence in an Idaho town. When Mr. Rogers' identity is discovered, he decides to infiltrate the local gang of terrorists known as "The Border Legion", and make amends...
The film opens with an amusing wheel barrel stunt introducing Mr. Hayes; though, how he emerged intact is a mystery! Hayes is given a comic love interest - Maude Eburne (as Hurricane). Hayes plays a role other than "Gabby", but listening carefully will reveal that doesn't always prevent Roy Rogers from calling him Gabby. Jay Novello (as Santos) steals the show as one of Joseph Sawyer (as Guilden)'s gang. You'll wonder why Rogers leaves Santos so close to a knife and horse at the end of one scene. Mr. Novello's Santos has a unusually close relationship with his boss; their final scene is interesting. Rogers' songs "With My Guitar and You" and "Get Along Little Doggies" are nicely inserted. None of the pluses are enough to life "The Border Legion" aka "West of the Badlands" from mediocrity, however.
*** The Border Legion (1940) Joseph Kane ~ Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Jay Novello
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