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Son of the Border (1933)

Passed | | Western | 5 May 1933 (USA)
Tom Owens, forced to shoot his outlaw friend, wants to make it up to the man's kid brother...but the dead man's girl has other ideas.


Lloyd Nosler


Wellyn Totman (story), Wellyn Totman (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Tom Keene ... Tom Owens
Julie Haydon ... Doris
Edgar Kennedy ... Windy
David Durand ... Frankie Breen
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Jack Breen (as Creighton Chaney)
Al Bridge ... Tupper
Charles King ... Henchey
Claudia Coleman ... Sadie


Rancher Tom Owens, trying to learn the secret identity of an outlaw leader, is shocked to find that his friend Jack Breen is a member of the gang. Advised to get out of town, Jack participates in a bank robbery for travel money, and Tom is forced to shoot him, thus making an enemy of Jack's lovely girlfriend Doris. Soon, Jack's young, orphan brother Frankie arrives in town; while Tom and Doris vie for his friendship, the outlaw gang is hoping to make up for lost time... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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That Wildcat TOM KEENE stopped a stage robbery, blocked a bank holdup and fell in love...just to "git warmed up" for the BIG fight! (original poster) See more »




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Doris: What makes you think Tom took the stage?
Tupper: Well, I sold him a one-way ticket to Phoenix.
Doris: Only one?
Tupper: He's not so important that he takes two tickets to haul him.
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Folk song
Sung by "outlaw gang members"
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It's silly and dated, but a treat nonetheless
18 November 2002 | by PaulCurtSee all my reviews

I'm rapidly developing a taste for Tom Keene movies. He looks and sounds only a few notches away from being a live-action Dudley Do-Right...but somehow his performances work for me.

This movie is intriguing to me because Tom's good pal (well-played by the regretful-looking Lon Chaney Jr.) is working for the outlaws and gets himself killed...then when Lon's little brother shows up, Lon's former girlfriend competes with Tom to raise the boy. The pretty girlfriend, by the way, used to work over at the dance hall, where business has dropped off since she left...one presumes she wasn't just dancing... So it's fun to see squeaky-clean Tom being buddies with a cheap crook and a retired dance hall gal.

The final scenes are action-packed fun (made all the more odd and dated because of the speeded-up camera) and I got to cheer whenever Tom hit somebody. I like movies that make me cheer for the heroes. So YAY!

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Release Date:

5 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vingadora da Fronteira See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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