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The Far Frontier (1948)

Passed | | Western | 29 December 1948 (USA)
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 »


William Witney


Sloan Nibley




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


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!




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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 »


The Casual Cowboy Song
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Roll Out the Barrel
8 September 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Roy Rogers is back on border patrol, investigating the smuggling of criminals across the U.S.-Mexican border. Clayton Moore (as Tom Sharper) is a fellow border patrolman who discovers the wicked smugglers, and is left for dead; instead, he gets amnesia. Andy Devine (as "Cookie") is a helpful judge, and Gail Davis (as Susan) adds femininity. Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage add harmony.

Production-line Rogers western story, with better than average performances. The supporting players are rather good, and there are a few exciting moments. The song dubbing is distractingly poor, and the story very weak -- you'll wonder about some story contrivances... Rogers and Moore (later "The Lone Ranger") have a jail-cell fistfight; incredibly, Rogers beats Moore up to cure his amnesia!

*** The Far Frontier (1948) William Witney ~ Roy Rogers, Gail Davis, Andy Devine

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Release Date:

29 December 1948 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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