Law Of The Rio Grande follows a tried and true tradition of B westerns and even lower class of having a title that has absolutely nothing to do with the film. No mention of any river is made in this film let alone our border with Mexico.
Bob Custer is our cowboy hero in this one and I read he actually was a real rodeo cowboy who went into films because the work was easier than getting on the back of a bucking bull and holding on for 8 seconds. Just watching the PBR will attest to that. He plays an outlaw who was cut loose with a bit of a con game pulled by 'dying' outlaw leader Nelson McDowell and Harry Cobb.
Custer and Cobb try to go straight, but run into another old outlaw pal Edmund Cobb has his eye on a herd of cattle that Betty Cobb and her father own and on Cobb as does Custer. Going straight won't be easy because some folks won't let him, but Custer gives it his best shot.
Law Of The Rio Grande was apparently butchered for early television with about 20% cut out of the print I saw. There will probably be no director's cut of this horse opera ever unearthed, but what I did see was not Red River or High Noon, but wasn't too bad and could be enjoyed by other than Saturday matinée kids.
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