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Border Patrol (1943)

Passed | | Western | 2 April 1943 (USA)
When three Texas Rangers try to investigate kidnapped Mexicans being used as forced labor in the mines of Silver Bullet, they are framed for murder by the town's corrupt sheriff.


Lesley Selander


Michael Wilson (screenplay), Clarence E. Mulford (based on characters created by)




Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Texas Ranger Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde ... Texas Ranger California
Jay Kirby ... Texas Ranger Johnny
Russell Simpson ... Orestes Krebs
Claudia Drake ... Inez La Barca
George Reeves ... Don Enrique Perez
Duncan Renaldo ... Commandante
Pierce Lyden ... Loren - Henchman
Robert Mitchum ... Quinn (as Bob Mitchum)
Cliff Parkinson Cliff Parkinson ... Barton - Henchman


Hoppy, California and Johnny are Texas Rangers trying to end a scheme which smuggles Mexicans into the United States to become essentially slaves in a silver mine owned by Orestes Krebs. The three are captured, sentenced to hang, and then escape. They free the slaves and capture the bad guys. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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"Hoppy" STRADDLES THE BORDER AS BULLETS FLY! (original print ad - mostly caps)




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The 45th of 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »


'Hopalong' Cassidy: I'm Cassidy of the Texas Rangers.
Mayor Orestes Krebs: You are trespassin', Mr. Cassidy.
'Hopalong' Cassidy: Not according to the laws of Texas.
Mayor Orestes Krebs: I don't recognize the laws of Texas. I am the law here.
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The only law where he has jurisdiction
28 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Border Patrol finds Hopalong Cassidy together with sidekicks Andy Clyde and Jay Kirby serving as Texas Rangers guarding the Mexican. A dead Mexican national and Claudia Drake's idea that they shot the man riding the horse that the dead man was riding that she claims belonged to her sweetheart George Reeves. Even after presenting their Ranger credentials to the Mexican border cop Duncan Renaldo doesn't convince her.

But back they go across the border to an outlaw town where it's rumored a lot of Mexican laborers have gone to work. What they find is a town run by Judge Russell Simpson who makes Roy Bean look like Oliver Wendell Holmes. Fortunately for their sakes Claudia Drake has a change of mind about Hoppy and his sidekicks because Simpson doesn't recognize their status as Texas Rangers, his is the only law where he has jurisdiction.

This Hopalong Cassidy film is notable for two things, it is one of the films that featured Robert Mitchum down in the cast as one of Simpson's hired guns. The second is the performance of Russell Simpson who even as he's deadly serious about hanging Hoppy and the sidekicks still laces his 'rulings' and 'jurisprudence' with a little humor.

Definitely a must for Hopalong Cassidy and Robert Mitchum fans.

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Release Date:

2 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De forsvundne mexikanere See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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