Hands Across the Border


1h 13m 1944

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 5, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Wandering cowpoke Roy Rogers is resting by a stream when Teddy Bear, a down-on-his-luck gambler with a heart of gold, nervously tries to steal Roy's horse in order to escape a posse that is after him due to a saloon brawl. The affable Roy deduces that Teddy Bear would never hurt him and tosses him off the horse, then sticks up for him when the posse arrives. Believing that they are friends, Mac Barclay, the men's leader, wants to arrest them both. The posse, however, wants to go to Jeff Adams' ranch, where Jeff is throwing a lavish fiesta filled with singers and dancers. Once they arrive, Roy tries to convince his captors that he is one of the singers hired by Jeff's daughter Kim, herself an aspiring Broadway performer. Roy sings a number with The Sons of the Pioneers, Jeff's ranch hands, and the kind-hearted Kim hires both him and Teddy Bear to save them from being arrested. Meanwhile, Jeff engages in a verbal joust with his neighbor, Brock Danvers, with whom he competes every year for an Army contract for cavalry horses. Danvers has won for the past five years, but Jeff is convinced that his current herd will finally win and get him out of debt. Juan Morales, the Adams foreman, tells Jeff that the government men have arrived, and Jeff, Kim, Roy and Danvers go to look at the herd. Among the wild horses is a magnificent stallion named Trigger, whom both Jeff and Roy immediately realize will revitilize the herd. Danvers declares that Trigger is too wild to be useful, however, and bets that Jeff cannot ride him. Jeff is determined to tame the beautiful animal, but when he attempts to ride him, Trigger throws him and Jeff is killed. Soon after, the mourning Kim allows Danvers to run the ranch, and Roy and the men are hard-pressed to keep him from shooting Trigger, whom Roy maintains should be tamed as Jeff wanted. Roy captures Trigger on his own and begins to train him in secret, while at the same time persuading Kim to give up her Broadway ambitions and run the ranch like a true Adams. An astonishing demonstration of Trigger's new gentleness and abilities convinces Kim to fight for the Army contract, and she tells Danvers that she will neither sell him the ranch nor marry him. Roy then prepares Trigger and seven other Adams horses for the speed and endurance race, which simulates combat conditions such as explosions and gas attacks. Danvers is the lead rider of his team, and despite a few dirty tricks pulled by Danvers' men, Roy and Trigger win the race. Soon after, Kim and Juan organize a marvelous fiesta, and Roy happily performs at the party, which celebrates the cooperation between the American and Mexican ranch workers, who aided in the winning of the Army contract.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 5, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Most of the songs were cut out of the print viewed. Some scenes were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, this picture was the first in a "new selling classification" devised by Republic called "Premiere Feature Productions." The Premiere features were to have a minimum budget of $300,000, and the upgrade of the Roy Rogers starrers was due to "the big box office strides Rogers has made in the past year, plus his films now being bookable in top first-run houses." Modern sources include Jack O'Shea, Curley Dresden and Bob Reeves in the cast.