The Border Legion


1h 3m 1940

Brief Synopsis

An Eastern doctor is on the run from authorities in New York. Out west he comes to the aid of friends besieged by an outlaw gang known as the border legion. In the end, he is cleared of any wrong-doing back east.

Film Details

Also Known As
West of the Badlands
Release Date
Dec 5, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Border Legion by Zane Grey (New York, 1916).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Steve Kells, a young cowboy from the East, meets Honest John Whittaker on the road to Miles City in the Idaho territory. Steve offers John a ride to town, where John decides to sell shares in the Alder Creek gold mines and Steve finds a job singing at Hurricane Hattie's saloon. Steve soon learns that the territory is being plagued by a band of outlaws called the Border Legion when a stagecoach is held up and Alice Randall, Steve's fiancée and one of the passengers, is wounded. Hattie orders Steve to care for Alice and shows him an article that she had clipped from a New York paper that identifies him as a doctor fleeing from a robbery charge. When Alice regains consciousness, she begs Steve to return to New York with her, but he refuses, knowing that the real thief is Alice's brother. Steve's chance to vindicate his name occurs when Jim Gulden, the leader of the Legion, is wounded during a shootout and abducts Steve to tend his wound. Deciding to infiltrate the gang, Steve gains Gulden's confidence even though Santos, Gulden's right-hand man, distrusts him. After setting a trap for the gang by suggesting that they rob the gold wagons coming from the mines in Alder Creek, Steve notifies the sheriff to load the wagons with men and guns instead of gold, but Santos overhears Steve's instructions and warns Gulden. Despite Santos' warning, Steve and the sheriff round up the desperadoes, and Steve is exonerated of all charges.

Film Details

Also Known As
West of the Badlands
Release Date
Dec 5, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Border Legion by Zane Grey (New York, 1916).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Quotes

I've worked my way up from a common horse thief to a ten-notch man.
- Oscar 'Red' McGooney

Trivia

Notes

Modern sources add Ted Mapes, Fred Burns, Post Parks, Art Dillard, Chick Hannon and Charles Baldra to the cast. In an interview, Roy Rogers stated that after the general release of the picture, Republic was forced to change the title to West of the Badlands because of copyright problems.