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Hands Across the Border (1944)

Horse breeders Adams and Brock are vying for the Army contract. When Adams is killed trying to ride his horse Trigger, Roy saves the horse from being shot. He trains him and then plans to ride him in the race to win the contract.


Joseph Kane


Bradford Ropes (original screenplay), J. Benton Cheney (original screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger
Ruth Terry ... Kim Adams
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Teddy Bear
Onslow Stevens ... Brock Danver
Mary Treen ... Sophie Lawrence
Joseph Crehan ... Jeff Adams
Duncan Renaldo ... Juan Morales
LeRoy Mason ... Sheriff Mac Marclay
Janet Martin ... Rosita Morales
Harry Wiere Harry Wiere ... Comedian (as The Wiere Bros.)
Herbert Wiere Herbert Wiere ... Comedian (as The Wiere Bros.)
Sylvester Wiere Sylvester Wiere ... Comedian (as The Wiere Bros.)
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians


Since the first covered wagon pioneers came west, the Adams family has bred fine horses on their ranch near Buckaroo ad bronze statues of succeeding generations of Adams men stand in the town square. Their horses have always been famous and until recent years regularly won the government cavalry horse reward. The current holder of the family name, Jeff Adams (Joseph Crehan) is proud of his horses and the ranch but he prefers gambling to business; so, for several years, he has let the contract for horses slide into the hands of suave and shifty Buckaroo businessman Brock Danver (Onslow Stevens) who has his eyes set on the Adams ranch and means to get control of it. He also has an eye on Jeff's pretty, stage-struck daughter Kim (Ruth Terry.) Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), a light-hearted, foot-loose , singing cowboy rides into town>Kim likes Roy's singing, and save him from being thrown into jail as a saddle-tramp sans cash, by Danver's stooge-sheriff Mac Marclay (LeRoy Mason) - she gives Roy... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AN INTERNATIONAL FIESTA OF FUN AND ACTION! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

5 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cita en la frontera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Cowboy Legends: 50 Movie MegaPack (2016) See more »


Ay, Jalisco, no te rajes!
Music by Manuel Esperón
Lyrics by Ernesto Cortázar
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Okay, Lightweight Roy Rogers Picture
11 June 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

In order to escape trouble in a town that doesn't take kindly to vagrancy, Roy Rogers and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams pretend to be entertainers hired for a party at a local ranch, where they talk themselves into a job. When the kindly ranch owner is killed trying to break a wild horse, Roy and company try to save the horse from being destroyed by the ranch's soon-to-be new owner.

An okay and offbeat (at least for Roy Rogers) cowboy melodrama, this is pleasant enough, with an unusual (and unusually loose) plot that does away with the usual "Roy versus armed heavies" storyline in favor of laid back horse-play and an abundance of song and dance numbers, some of which are pretty odd.

There's some really nice location photography and good horse-riding stunts that show why Trigger was so popular.

This is also a good showcase for co-star Duncan Renaldo, who a few years later would gain great fame as The Cisco Kid in movies and television.

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