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Bordertown Gun Fighters (1943)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  8 July 1943 (USA)
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Cameo Shelby is running a crooked lottery out of El Paso and treasury agent Bill Elliott has been sent to break it up. When Bill intercepts a shipment of tickets to New Mexico he forces ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ...
Wild Bill Elliott (as Wild Bill Elliott)
Ian Keith ...
Harry Woods ...
Dave Strickland
Edward Earle ...
Dan Forrester
Karl Hackett ...
Frank Holden
Roy Barcroft ...
Jack Gatling
Bud Geary ...
Henchman Buck
Carl Sepulveda ...


Cameo Shelby is running a crooked lottery out of El Paso and treasury agent Bill Elliott has been sent to break it up. When Bill intercepts a shipment of tickets to New Mexico he forces Shelby to send incriminating papers in the next shipment. Bill captures these also and now has the evidence he needs to go after Shelby. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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YOUR GREATEST ACTION THRILL...As Wild Bill Elliott and His Famous Pal "Gabby" Smash A Crooked Lottery Racket!... (original poster) See more »




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8 July 1943 (USA)  »

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Bandoleiros da Fronteira  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Pierre Watkin was in an early production cast list, but he did not appear in the movie. Neither did Edward Keane, who is listed as a cast member by modern sources. See more »


[Gabby checks his pocket watch]
Gabby Hayes: It's half past.
Wild Bill Elliott: Half past what?
Gabby Hayes: I dunno - the little hand's broke off.
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Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Anne Jeffreys in the saloon with piano accompaniment
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The Lottery From El Paso
25 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Wild Bill Elliott now riding the range as one of the stable of Republic Studio cowboy heroes is an undercover Treasury man in Bordertown Gun Fighters. Relations between the State of Texas and the territory of New Mexico are deteriorating rapidly because of a crooked Texas state lottery run out of El Paso by saloon owner Ian Keith.

Local law enforcement has been unable to cope with the problem of worthless tickets flooding New Mexico with pre-determined Texas winners on the other side of the state line. So the Treasury steps in with agent Bill Elliott and sidekick Gabby Hayes working with sheriff Harry Woods to bring down the gang.

The surprise here is Woods who in 95% of his films is always a bad guy, usually a fine western heavy. The classically trained Ian Keith best known for playing Octavian in Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra, adds some nice bearing for his role as villain.

Anne Jeffreys is in the cast as Keith's innocent niece who sings in his gambling palace, but also helps bring him down. Gabby who Woods is constantly putting down actually finds key evidence quite accidentally though.

Nice B western which moves at a good clip. Elliott's Republic Pictures seem to be less violent than the ones he would do later on.

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