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Border Cafe (1937)

Passed | | Music, Romance, Western | 4 June 1937 (USA)
Easterner Keith Whitney, son of a wealthy Senator, heads west where he ends up a drunk at a border cafe. After losing the money his father sent him to buy a ranch he learns his father is ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Tex Stevens
... Keith Whitney
... Dominga
... Senator Henry Whitney
... Mrs. Emily Whitney
... Rocky Alton
... Janet Barry
... Ellie
... Doley Dolson
... Shakey
... Evans
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Easterner Keith Whitney, son of a wealthy Senator, heads west where he ends up a drunk at a border cafe. After losing the money his father sent him to buy a ranch he learns his father is arriving. Rancher Tex now takes him in and tells his father he is part owner. When his father and girlfriend are kidnaped, Tex and a now reformed Keith take out after them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Flaming with love...blistering with thrills! A hot-headed youth from the U.S.A. meets romance mixed with gun play in a shady cantina! (original print ad) See more »

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Music | Romance | Western

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4 June 1937 (USA)  »

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A Grande Surpresa  »

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Marjorie Lord. See more »

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El Rancho Grande (I Love My Rancho Grande)
Music by Silvano Ramos (uncredited)
Spanish words by J.D. Del Moral
Performed in Spanish by Armida in the cafe
Played as background music
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North of the Border
11 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is a charming shaggy dog of an RKO western in which Harry Carey rescues a drunken easterner, John Beal, and helps make a man of him while fighting off a protection racket and Armida, taking a sojourn up from Mexico, tries her hand at stardom among the gringos, singing and being romanced by Beal.

Harry Carey could perform this sort of role in his sleep and make it interesting, and he seems to be awake in this one. There's some nice understated photography by Nick Musuraca.

Overall, this is the sort of highly competent B western that RKO specialized in for twenty years. There's considerable padding, including a scene in which Carey and George Irving get drunk on tequilla and try to outyarn each other, but it's all nicely done.


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