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The Far Frontier (1948)

Willis Newcomb and Bart Carroll head a gang engaged in smuggling wanted-American criminals back into the United States from Mexico. Operating from Sharperville, an oil town on the American ... See full summary »

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Sloan Nibley
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... Trigger - Roy's Horse
Gail Davis ... Susan Hathaway
Andy Devine ... Judge Cookie Bullfincher
Francis Ford ... Alf Sharper
Roy Barcroft ... Bart Carroll
Clayton Moore ... Tom Sharper
Robert Strange ... Willis Newcomb
Mike Ragan ... Rocco - Henchman (as Holly Bane)
Lane Bradford ... Butch - Henchman
John Bagni John Bagni ... Smuggled Criminal
Clarence Straight Clarence Straight ... Jeb - Defendant
Edmund Cobb ... Sheriff
Foy Willing Foy Willing ... Foy
Riders of the Purple Sage Riders of the Purple Sage ... Musicians-Cowhands
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Willis Newcomb and Bart Carroll head a gang engaged in smuggling wanted-American criminals back into the United States from Mexico. Operating from Sharperville, an oil town on the American side of the border, they transport their human cargo in oil drums loaded on trucks. Border Patrolman Tom Sharper intercepts one of the trucks but is overpowered and left for dead. Carroll, having already been paid for the job and not wanting any evidence to walk around, get caught and lead back to him, backs the human-cargo trucks to the edge of a cliff and sends the drums crashing to the boulder far below. Judge Cookie Bullfincher and Border Patrolman Roy Rogers conduct a search for the missing Tom, but the crooks have gone back for him and find him in a state of amnesia. They rob the bank and pin it on Tom. It is now up to Roy to clear his friend and also put an end to Carroll's human-smuggling racket. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Roy Battles Border Smugglers! Thrills ripped from today's headlines... The shock story of the year!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carga Humana See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(original) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Far Frontier" was filmed in Trucolor, but the color elements have been lost. Out of 19 color Republic westerns starring Roy Rogers, a total of six are no longer available in color, due to missing film elements. Unfortunately, the remaining black and white prints look soft, because of the method used to make the monochrome prints in the 1950s. See more »

Soundtracks

The Far Frontier
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Elliott
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Stay Away From Oil Barrels !
25 February 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Action filled oater that really should have been titled Rolling Barrels. Seems a smuggling crew is using the barrels to sneak crooks across the border. On one trip they injure border guard Tom who loses his memory. His ex-border chief dad is broken hearted, and wants revenge. Roy gets involved when his cattle herd is part of the same border crossing. Good thing he gets help from the District Judge. And guess who that is—yup, it's Andy Devine. All in all, it's gonna be a real battle.

Lots of hard riding and flying fists, but not much fast shooting. Speaking of flying fists, what about those two old guys—now there's a switch. Good thing Roy gets important help from the speedy Trigger who comes to his rescue. And catch cutie Gail Davis before she went over full time to cowboy Gene Autry. In ways, there're some rather brutal scenes, more so than usual. Not much scenic background, mainly b&w from greater LA and a near-by mountain dam. All in all, it's an interesting Rogers entry. But from now on, I'm staying away from oil barrels.


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