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South of the Border (1939)

Passed | | Musical, Western | 15 December 1939 (USA)
Federal Agent Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog are sent to Mexico to prevent foreign powers from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and fomenting revolution among the Mexican people.... See full summary »

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Betty Burbridge (screen play), Gerald Geraghty (screen play) (as Gerry Geraghty) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
June Storey ... Lois Martin
Lupita Tovar ... Dolores Mendoza
Mary Lee ... Patsy
Duncan Renaldo ... Andreo Mendoza
Frank Reicher ... Don Diego Mendoza
Alan Edwards Alan Edwards ... Saunders
Claire Du Brey ... Dueña
Dick Botiller ... Bandit Pablo
William Farnum ... Padre
Selmer Jackson ... American Consul
The Checkerboard Band The Checkerboard Band ... Musicians
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Federal Agent Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog are sent to Mexico to prevent foreign powers from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and fomenting revolution among the Mexican people. Gene falls in love with Senorita Dolores but finds he must leave for the island of Palermo, where her uncle, Don Diego, is being prevented from transporting his cattle to market by the foreign agents, who have co-opted Dolores' brother Andreo into joining them. While trying to load cattle by sea into a waiting cargo ship Gene and his men are attacked by Andreo and his revolutionaries, with fatal results. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Inspired by and featuring the song sensations of the year See more »

Genres:

Musical | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mia Mexikana oneirou omorfia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1999 restoration) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
[Gene, Smiley and the gang arrive in a Mexican town during a fiesta]
Frog Millhouse: Gee, I betcha this celebration is for us!
Gene Autry: I hardly think so. Besides, we gotta report to the Consul.
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Connections

Referenced in Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall: Episode #9.19 (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

South of the Border
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Performed by Gene Autry twice
Reprised by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Mary Lee and The Checkerboard Band at the end
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One of Gene's Best Films
16 March 2007 | by azcowboysingrSee all my reviews

While Gene Autry was most famous for his singing, he became a very competent actor & horseman. He was the hero to millions of children & a role model who was very conscious of his public image in their eyes (he was a two-fisted drinker but most people didn't even know it). This film is one of his best, with lots of great songs, hard riding, & hundreds of blank cartridges. The scene where Gene leaps from Champ (his beautiful stallion) onto a speeding tanker truck, was filmed without a stunt double, Gene actually did the stunt himself, to the horror of the director (if Gene had been hurt or killed, everyone would've been out of work!). In another film (I forget which one) Gene did a leap from Champ onto a locomotive. He told me once that it came about the same way, he was supposed to stop & let the stunt double do it, but he just decided that he could do it, so he did. This film also stars Duncan Reynaldo (The Cisco Kid) as the leading lady's outlaw brother.


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