Border Devils


1h 3m 1932

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 4, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Supreme Features, Inc.
Distribution Company
Artclass Pictures Corp.; State Rights; Weiss Bros.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a novel by Murray Leinster (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m

Synopsis

Two friends, Jim Gray and Bud Brandon, drink drugged water after a long ride and pass out. While Bud is unconscious, someone kills him and frames Jim for the murder. Jim is arrested, but escapes with the help of Neil Denham of the Cattlemen's Association. "The General," a mysterious Chinese leader of a gang of bandits, wants to control all the surrounding ranchland. He has Neil killed, but exchanges Neil's personal possessions with those of Burt Dorgan, who works for him. Jim impersonates Neil and intervenes in a feud between ranchers Marcia Brandon, Bud's sister who runs the Hermosa, and Tom Hope of the PiƱon ranch. Jim reveals that the vandalism to their livestock has been caused by The General, who hopes to cause dissent so he can take dynamite over the border unnoticed. "Squint" Sanders, an elderly ranch hand working for Marcia, becomes Jim's sidekick, trusting Jim's sincerity even though he knows he is not really Neil. Inspector Bell, of the border patrol, works with Tom and tries to arrest Jim, but is unsuccessful. Bell identifies Jim, but Jim and Squint are captured by The General. Jim is forced to prove his loyalty to The General by shooting Squint. Fortunately, his gun is loaded with blanks. Meanwhile, Marcia, who has fallen in love with Jim, is reassured by Neil's widow that although Jim falsified his identity, he is a trustworthy friend. As Jim and Squint escape, Squint is shot. Bell turns out to be Burt Dorgan, who is the real leader of The General's gang. Jim forces him to write a confession, but afterward Squint kills Dorgan and The General. Squint recovers and Jim and Marcia marry.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 4, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Supreme Features, Inc.
Distribution Company
Artclass Pictures Corp.; State Rights; Weiss Bros.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a novel by Murray Leinster (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m

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Notes

Several contemporary sources list Albert Smith's character as "Inspector Bell," or "Patrolman Bell." Motion Picture Herald calls Jack Gallagher "Ray Gallagher." According to a news item in Film Daily, some scenes were filmed near Palm Springs, CA. A modern source includes Murdock MacQuarrie in the cast.